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October 22, 2014, 7:16 am
970 WMAY News

Amid Little Resources for Aging Bridges, Chatham Road Bridge Being Replaced

From major spans over the Mississippi River to overpasses on traffic-choked arteries skirting Chicago, some 200 bridges throughout Illinois are in need of replacement or repair because of their outdated, insufficient design and their advanced deterioration.


In Illinois, with too little money to throw at the problem, state transportation officials have gone into triage mode, prioritizing the busiest bridges in the worst shape for overhaul, implementing weight limits or closure orders on others, and closely monitoring the rest.


But one of the most heavily traveled deficient bridges in Sangamon County is already being replaced… in a major project that is tying up traffic on Chatham Road north of Wabash.

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