Latest Information from Mark Molnar ~ Project Manager
On April, 22, the contractor successfully placed the two girders for the new railroad bridge as can be seen in the attached photo. These girders are designed to carry the weight of the bridge (with the tracks, ballast, and train) to the bridge abutments. The next step in building this bridge will be installing the floor beams and other steel that carry the weight of the train, tracks, etc. to the girders.
Over the next few weeks, the contractor will install the remaining structural steel and they expect the bridge to be complete by the end of May. The railroad will then install the ballast and new tracks before switching service to this new alignment during the following several weeks. The contractor has also begun work on the south embankment for the new railroad track alignment in preparation for the railroad’s track work.
Work is continuing on the retaining walls north and south of the new bridge. Concrete will be placed over several different days. When complete, these walls will hold back the new railroad tracks while IL 83 drops to the new intersection below the bridge. Also, installation of new water main and storm sewers will take place on s. IL 83.
There are tentative plans to re-start work on Hainesville and the shopping center entrances in a couple weeks. The asphalt supplier will be re-opening their plant for the spring then, which will allow the contractor to begin that work, along with the associated curb and sidewalk work in those areas.