MILLINGTON – The project to repair the Millington Road bridge has once again been delayed.
Fran Klaas, highway engineer for Kendall County, said the contractor for the project, D Construction out of Coal City, was supposed to start work on the bridge this week. However, he said, they were not able to get started because the heavy rains over the last week or so pushed the project progress back to square one.
“The water is way back up, almost to the top of the footing,” Klaas said.
Klaas said he's sure everyone is tired of hearing county officials say that's why the project hasn't moved forward since last October. As soon as those working conditions change, he said, the contractor is ready to go.
“We’re just in this holding pattern,” Klaas said.
The update comes County Board members mentioned the bridge project's progress during the board's Tuesday, July 16 meeting.
County officials previously attributed the project delays to consistently high water levels after one resident brought the matter back up to the County Board more than a month ago.
Klaas had said the river hasn’t really been at a low enough level since October for the contractor to do anything. He had said it took about a year to put the plans together to fix the bridge, with part of the delay being due to waiting for LaSalle County to receive federal funds for the about $1.6 million project.
Board Vice Chairman Amy Cesich said she was told around the time of the last highway committee meeting for the county that the water levels had dropped, at least. However, she said, she was told the waters were still moving too fast for contractors to be in them, since they still have to take chainsaws to tree limbs and brush at the site.
“I know that everybody is anxious to get it done, but it should be about safety first,” Cesich said.