Grundy County, IL – Structural Failures Prompt Immediate Closure of I-80 Bridge

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Seneca, IL – A bridge over Interstate 80 near the Grundy County line has been abruptly closed this month following a concerning discovery during an inspection. 

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) identified that several beams crucial for supporting the North 30th Road/North La Salle Road overpass, just east of the Seneca exit, were not making full contact with their pier bearings. This gap in structural integrity led to the immediate shutdown of the bridge.

According to IDOT, this significant finding underscores the importance of regular infrastructure assessments, especially in areas subjected to heavy vehicular use. The department is now focused on devising a repair strategy to address the unsafe conditions and restore safe passage as quickly as possible. 

The closure affects both local residents and interstate commuters, emphasizing the urgent need for thorough and ongoing infrastructure maintenance. Updates on the progress of the repairs and potential detours will be provided as they become available. 

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