Ruby Street Bridge work is on schedule to be completed by Thanksgiving, about a week later than originally forecast by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Painting was being completed Sunday, but a good deal of mechanical work for the drawbridge over the Des Plaines River still needs to be completed, IDOT spokesman Mike Klassey said.
"Once the painting is done, there is a lot of work to be done on the mechanical parts," he said. "Our goal is to have all that work done by Thanksgiving, weather permitting."
The bridge closed in mid-July, and it was expected the work would take four months. It's a difficult project, in part because of the structure's age.
"They are just the most complicated projects you can work on as a road engineer," Klassey said. "It’s like, it’s almost like a watch."