Ruby St. bridge fixed
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org April 9, 2013 5:31PM
Updated: May 11, 2013 6:41AM
It was deja vu for Joliet motorists Monday when the Ruby Street drawbridge was closed for more than six hours.
The bridge had been closed for eight months for maintenance before reopening in February. But the Monday breakdown proved to be short.
The bridge got stuck at about 2 p.m. but was back in service by 8:35 p.m. after a problem with a brake relay was repaired, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which maintains the downtown drawbridges over the Des Plaines River.
A long breakdown would have been a traffic problem for downtown motorists since the Jackson Street bridge closed this week for repairs, and Ruby Street is serving as a detour until that job is completed. The Jackson Street bridge is scheduled to reopen Saturday.
In addition, the Cass Street bridge is scheduled to close next week for maintenance.
Meanwhile, a Joliet official said Tuesday that the city received word that a scheduled closing of the Jefferson Street bridge will be delayed.
The Jefferson Street bridge was to close April 29, but that will be pushed back until probably June or July because parts needed for the work are not available now.