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Jefferson Street Bridge Reopened

After being closed for three months by IDOT for repair work, the span is finally open again to traffic.

The Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Joliet.
The Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Joliet.
The Jefferson Street Bridge, closed since Sept. 30, has finally reopened to traffic.

Initially, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the span into downtown Joliet would be shut for three weeks but the closure became indefinite when it was discovered that replacement parts would need to be made for the 83-year-old truss bridge.

An IDOT spokeswoman said earlier this month the reopening would likely occur by month's end, once it was certain the new parts were working correctly.

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Herc December 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Give it a few months and it will be broken again!
Stuart Pearson` December 29, 2013 at 09:57 AM
It would be easy to say; WHHHHHHEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW It's about time, BUT that isn't the issue as new parts must be made from scratch for our old Bridges. I'd like to suggest that the Powers That Be give SERIOUS CONSIDERATION to making ALL one-way Streets back into Two-Way Streets, which makes more sense for getting around Bridge Lifts, and in this instance when a Bridges is closed for indefinite time for Repairs.
Walt December 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Also taking the parts problem into consideration. It would be best if they did not tell the people the bridge will be closed for "3 weeks".
my Two sense December 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM
SO much for the extra hour of ot I would get for waiting in traffic!!
Ex Jolietian December 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM
They should close all lift bridges in Joliet. The east-siders can stay on their side of the river and the west-siders can stay on their side of the river. Too bad there isn't a couple of bridges around Evergreen Terrace on Broadway Street.
PatchMaster December 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I would love to hear the reasoning behind "Ex Jolietian's proposal to close all the lift bridges. Furthermore, there are lift bridges directly North, (Jackson/Bluff St.) and South, (Cass/Western) of Evergreen Terrace but why would that matter?

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