The IL House of Representatives on Tuesday honored former State Representative William Black by naming the Stony Creek Bridge along Route 150 between Danville and Champaign after him.
State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin), who succeeded Black upon his retirement from the House in December of 2010, said the naming of the bridge was a fitting tribute to the man who was instrumental in ensuring the bridge was safe for travelers. “That bridge has always been very widely traveled by those who drive between Danville and Champaign, and for a very long time it was a dangerous and narrow passageway for larger vehicles. There is also significant traffic including school buses, students, faculty and parents in connection with Oakwood High School, so this was a much-needed safety improvement.”
According to Hays, Black worked with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to replace the narrow structure with a new, wider bridge with safety guard rails that improved the look and functionality of the bridge a great deal. “It is because of Representative Black’s initiative and commitment to public safety that the Stony Creek Bridget is much safer today,” Hays said. “It’s a pleasure to honor one of Springfield’s greatest former legislators in this way.”
Black served in the IL House of Representatives from 1986-2010 and led his caucus as Deputy Republican Leader. IDOT will erect appropriate signs on both sides of the bridge which state, “Stony Creek Bridge-Honoring State Rep. William B. Black.”