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5/20/2014 5:54:00 PM
Local road repair projects in the works
Marney Simon
Staff writer

A trip toward Joliet will take you a lot of extra time over the next several months, with back-ups daily for bridge work on Interstate 55 over the Des Plaines River.

Sadly, as is the common truth in Illinois, one of the most notable colors of summer is orange. Those safety vests of road construction workers is set to be a common site this summer, especially for folks in Wilmington.

Scheduled for this summer is work on Route 53 (Baltimore Street) over the Kankakee River in Wilmington. The project will consist of bridge joint repairs and a bridge deck overlay project. That means that traffic through town will slow down, especially during times of higher travel.

D Construction of Coal City was awarded the job, which holds a current price tag of $596,038.

According to IDOT, that work, which was originally set to begin this month, won't start until the permanent lane closures on the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines River are removed. IDOT's best estimate for that removal is around July 4, at which time the local work in Wilmington would begin.

IDOT informed the city of Wilmington that intermittent daytime lane closures could happen as construction staging is set up for the Kankakee River bridge project.

In Coal City, repairs on South Broadway will create some daytime closures for a few weeks, starting after school lets out for summer.

Make sure to grab a copy of this week's edition of the Braidwood Journal, or subscribe on-line at, to finish reading the remainder of this article.

Illinois Central Sch Buss

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