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Bridging the gap

Public comment ends for proposed SV Bridge replacement project

SPRING VALLEY — The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has released public comments received following a public hearing held April 9 concerning the Route 89 bridge replacement in Spring Valley.

At the hearing, representatives of IDOT displayed maps and diagrams of the bridge project for the public to view. The purpose was to present the proposed scope of work, answer questions about the project, provide land acquisition information and receive public comments.

According to a letter sent out by IDOT, there 47 people registered at the hearing, and six written comments were received. A synopsis of the comments stated "Plans look good, everything looks great, good job; The plan seems minimally disruptive; The plan is very good for the area's emergency services; Glad that the old bridge will be open during construction; Requested some of the displays."

The comment period ended on April 24. IDOT will evaluate and consider comments as they finalize the preliminary engineering study. Folowing completion of the study, Phase 2 of the project will begin and produce plans and specifications for materials needed for construction. Also during this time, easements and right-of-ways will be purchased. Phase 2 is expected to take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to complete. Phase 3 includes onsite construction of the bridge.

The project is scheduled for improvement in the fiscal years of the 2015-20 Proposed Highway Improvement Program, subject to project readiness and funding availability. The anticipated project cost is about $25.1 million.

The new bridge is designed to provide a wider deck space for traffic and pedestrians and will involve raising Route 89 and the bridge to reduce flooding.

The current truss bridge over the Illinois River opened to traffic in 1937. About 5,650 vehicles cross the bridge daily.

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