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Road work ahead

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 4:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 4:29 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON – With the winter season just about finished, construction crews are rolling in once again to complete work on the Route 6 bridge over Interstate 180, east of Princeton.

The traffic lights and orange construction signs, which were installed on site last year, are now active to direct traffic over the one-lane bridge.

Last summer, the bridge was reduced to a one-lane road as crews made structural repairs to the north side of the bridge, replaced the road median, inspected and replaced bridge joints and bearings and completed patch work and asphalt resurfacing on the bridge deck. This year the same will be completed on the south side of the bridge.

Last year, Illinois Department of Transportation field engineer Joe Spika reported crews were hired out of Coal City for the $378,000 project.

On Monday, Chad Tonozzi with IDOT anticipated work to be finished by June 1, weather permitting.

Vehicles traveling east and west on the bridge can experience up to a three-minute wait as traffic flows across the bridge. Tonozzi said the wait is longer than most at a construction site because of traffic flow on the interstate ramps that connect to the bridge.

Although the wait may seem longer for vehicles in a rush, drivers are strongly advised to obey the traffic signals to maintain safety.

Tonozzi confirmed there have been no real problems with traffic flow over the bridge. He said only one accident has been reported since construction began. A fender bender accident occurred last week, which was caused from sun in the driver’s eyes. No injuries were reported.

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