The mild winter weather this season meant work only stopped for a few weeks on a man-made island in the Lower Peoria Lake of the Illinois River. Corps of Engineers technical specialist Marshall Plumley says the work stoppage was ``due to mechanical issues.'' Construction continued for most of the season thanks to the mild weather. The man-made island is one of three proposed for the Peoria Lakes. It's being built to restore fish habitats. The island has been in the planning stages for 15 years and under construction for more than two years. The island is starting to take shape. Geotextile bags form an outline and silt and soil dredged from the lake fill the center. The deadline to finish the work is 2013.
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