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JOLIET, Unwell. — This weekend, the Illinois Division of Transportation will be performing to maintenance a big pothole on EB I-80 on the US-52/Chicago St bridge.
On Thursday, crews worked through the morning hurry hour to address the hole with a steel plate, leading to large delays with only one particular lane of targeted traffic obtaining by.
Video clip posted on the net by IUOE Nearby 150 Thursday afternoon showed the plate and bolts loosening.
IDOT says adjustments had been built to the plate right away into Friday morning and a additional long term maintenance will be manufactured over the weekend. Information of the weekend construction routine have not nonetheless been unveiled.
The aerial perspective of the bridge from Skycam 9 demonstrates that the bridge deck has extra than a dozen patches. It is slated to be rebuilt in 2026-2027 as element of a 6-yr strategy to rebuild a 16 mile stretch of I-80 from Minooka to New Lenox that is at this time underway.
Communications Director for IUOE Regional 150, Ed Maher, says the growing frequency of intense potholes and degrading pavement in the place is fully unsustainable.
“Funding has been established apart to get started work, but the issue is getting whether or not the highway can be kept protected till operate can start. Evidently options like steel plates are not perfect, and the exposed bolts are a hazard,” claimed Maher.
IDOT says the I-80 bridge in excess of Chicago Street is structurally audio and risk-free and that it is frequently checking the present conditions along I-80, together with restoring any potholes that might variety.