Joliet bridge to close Sept. 23
By Frank Vaisvilas Correspondent September 4, 2013 8:20PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:49PM
JOLIET — The Jefferson Street bridge, a main link to the downtown area, is scheduled to be closed for three weeks beginning Sept. 23.
Crews from the Illinois Department of Transportation will be inspecting and repairing the bridge.
In addition, the Jackson Street bridge will be closed for a few hours early Tuesday and again for a week after work on the Jefferson Street bridge is complete.
“These are older bridges, and they need a lot of attention,” City Manager Tom Thanas said, adding that IDOT has increased its maintenance work on bridges. “I think a lot of it has to do with some of the incidents on older bridges.”
Bridge safety has been a growing concern after bridge collapses in other parts of the country in recent years.
Thanas said closing the Jefferson Street bridge will be a major inconvenience, especially for business owners downtown, but it’s something that needs to be done.
The bridge originally was scheduled to be closed as of Sept. 3, but Lisa Dorothy, a civil engineer for the city, told city council members this week that IDOT agreed to delay the closing to accommodate the Sept. 12 NASCAR Hauler Parade, which uses the bridge in its route.
The parade is part of NASCAR events related to three races that will be held Sept. 13 through 15 at Chicagoland Speedway.