The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the construction of a central control office and upgrades to the electrical equipment on the moveable bridges over the Des Plaines River at Ruby Street (Illinois 53), Jackson Street, Cass Street (westbound U.S. 30), Jefferson Street (eastbound U.S. 30), McDonough Street (U.S. 6/U.S. 52) and Brandon Road, in Joliet, will require occasional, daytime lane closures approaching the bridges beginning, weather permitting, Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The project will allow the bridges to be controlled from a central control office, creating a more efficient system of lifting and lowering the bridges, increasing safety for pedestrians, motorists and marine traffic.
Beginning in August, individual bridges will be closed temporarily for completion of the upgrades needed for central control. Updated press releases will be issued to notify the public of these closures as they occur.
The work is expected to be complete by November 2020.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.