Plans to modify the appearance and feel of the entrance to Alton from the Clark Bridge are underway. The plan is for the city to clean up the area and put on it's best face for visitors entering the state at that location. The effort is commonly known as Bridge West.
Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Brett Stawar tells The Big Z there has been noticeable progress over the past year.
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The appearance part of the plan has been addressed in bits and pieces. One of the biggest efforts was completed several years ago with a mural of a riverboat painted on the side of a downtown building, sponsored by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club. One of the biggest requests during the early stages was to find a way to slow traffic on Piasa Street between Broadway and 9th Street, but it would be up to IDOT to make that happen.