Crucial I-80 bridge repairs in statewide construction plan
6/3/2019, 10:45 p.m.
Included in a statewide construction plan that addresses hospitals, schools and roadways will be funding dedicated to repairs ensuring the long-term safety of the I-80 bridge spanning the Des Plaines River. The plan passed with support from State Senators Pat McGuire and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. "We took two giant steps toward safety on I-80 by devoting millions in state funding for needed repairs and by clearing the way for the privately funded Houbolt Road Bridge," McGuire said. "Local residents cannot continue to tolerate poor roads and bridges," Bertino-Tarrant said. "It is imperative that the state invest in the I-80 Bridge to ensure safety, economic growth and eliminate traffic."
State inspectors signaled an urgent need to repair the bridge, which conveys traffic across the Des Plaines River in the Joliet area. The bridge scored a 6 out of 100 in an IDOT sufficiency assessment - anything below an 80 is considered deficient. The bridge work is part of a $45 billion plan that will address roadway and building needs all over the state of Illinois, including at public universities, hospitals, and other travel infrastructure. The construction plan passed the General Assembly, and awaits the governor's signature to be enacted.