Next week, the contractor will be removing the temporary bridge over Rollins Road. This work will require a brief (1 hour) closure of Rollins Road during the night of January 8-9. This closure will be on Rollins immediately east of IL 83, so the intersection of Rollins and IL 83 will remain open. IL 83 will remain open at all times.
Monday through Wednesday will be spent preparing the bridge for removal with daytime temporary lane closures. This will include removing the deck panels and will be the limit of what can be done while the bridge is in place. It cannot be taken apart in place, because it will not be able to support its own weight during that process. The bridge will have to be picked up with a crane and set aside to be safely disassembled. While the bridge is in the air, it would not be safe to have traffic moving underneath it.
Rt. 83 bridge removal expected to close traffic for only one hour
Thursday evening, the contractor will close lanes on Rollins east of IL 83 at 10pm to setup the crane. At midnight, Rollins will be closed and the bridge removed. This is expected to last no more than an hour (1:00 AM) and traffic will still be able to move on IL 83 and on Rollins Road west of IL 83. Traffic will then be partially restored while the crane disassembles. The contractor plans to have all lanes reopened to traffic by 3:00 AM.
This work is weather dependent, so the dates may change. Windy conditions will not allow the crane to safely operate. Poor visibility may not allow traffic to safely move through in the reduced lane configuration. Right now, the forecast looks good, but if the work is canceled, we’ll let you know the new date.
[Thanks to Mark Molnar, Resident Project Engineer for the update]
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