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Work may start on Millington Road bridge by June, done by September

Repairs to the Millington Road bridge could begin in June with completion in September, the county’s chief highway official recently told the Kendall County Board.

The Millington Road bridge crosses the Fox River at the Kendall-LaSalle county line in Millington and has been closed to traffic by the Illinois Department of Transportation since May 2017 due to structural problems.

The two counties are planning on constructing a new causeway and supporting piers. The existing bridge was built in the 1950s.

The project’s cost will be split evenly between Kendall and LaSalle counties, according to an agreement signed by both.

At the March 21 County Board meeting, County Engineer Fran Klaas told board members that D Construction of Coal City submitted a bid of $1.52 million to be the project contractor.

Klaas said the bid was less than the project’s estimated cost of $1.76 million. He said the next highest bid was $2.11 million and the highest bid was $2.89 million.

“We were very lucky to get at least one good competitive bid,” Klaas said.

Klaas said he anticipates that work will begin on the bridge in June.

“I assume that the state of Illinois will award that project in April, we will probably have a pre-construction meeting in May, and I expect construction to begin in June,” he said. “Hopefully, if we don’t get too much water this summer, the bridge will be back open sometime in September. That’s at least what we’re hopeful for at this point.”

Board member Robert “H.D.” Davidson asked if one lane of the bridge would be open while the crews worked to replace it.

Klaas said IDOT will keep the road closed for the entire time crews are working on the piers under the bridge; both piers will be replaced, he said.

County Board Chairman Scott Gryder asked if the scouring from debris, which damaged the old piers, would be prevented with the new construction. Klaas said it would.

“It should be good for a long time,” Klaas said.

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