JOLIET, Ill. – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is set to start repair work on the Jefferson Street bridge over Interstate 55 in Shorewood. According to IDOT, the work will begin on Monday, March 20, weather permitting.
The project will involve intermittent daytime lane closures in both directions of Jefferson Street, from northwest Frontage Road to McDonald Avenue. At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times to ensure smooth traffic flow.
The repair work, which is expected to cost $6.2 million, includes the installation of a new bridge deck overlay and joint repairs. Additionally, the ramps from I-55 to Jefferson Street will be widened to accommodate an additional lane on each ramp. The entire project is expected to be completed by the fall of this year.
This repair work is much needed as the Jefferson Street bridge has been in a state of disrepair for a while now. It is a vital bridge for the local community, serving as a major transportation route between Shorewood and nearby areas. The repairs will ensure that the bridge is safe and reliable for all motorists.
IDOT has advised motorists to use alternate routes during the construction period or expect delays. The agency has assured that the project will be carried out with minimal inconvenience to the public.
The Jefferson Street bridge repair work is part of IDOT’s ongoing efforts to ensure that the state’s infrastructure is in top condition. Illinois has been investing heavily in its infrastructure in recent years, with various projects underway across the state. This is a positive development for the local community as it will improve road safety and enhance connectivity.