Old Renwick Road bridge over DuPage River finally replaced
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org October 18, 2012 3:26PM
Jorge Cabrera from KUJO Inc., tightens a bolt on top of the new Renwick Road bridge over the Dupage River in Plainfield, IL on Wednesday October 17, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Me dia
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:00AM
JOLIET — A new Renwick Road bridge over the DuPage River will open to traffic on Friday.
The $7.4 million bridge replaces the county’s last one-lane, steel truss bridge. The old bridge, which is immediately south of the new bridge, will not be torn down. The Plainfield Township Highway Department plans to work with the Plainfield Park District to use the old bridge for foot and bike traffic, said county board member John Argoudelis, R-Plainfield.
The new bridge, which is 1.5 miles west of Illinois 59 in Plainfield Township, has been on the county’s “to do” list since 1990, County Engineer Bruce Gould said. Money for the project finally became available after the county board approved its $357 million “Build Will” program in 2008. The project was paid for with federal, state, county and township road funds.
A ribbon cutting for the new bridge is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday. Gould said the bridge will handle traffic coming off Caton Farm Road or heading to downtown Plainfield.
“This is an essential crossing,” he said.
The bridge opening was just one of three pieces of good highway news Gould announced Thursday at the Will County Board Republican caucus held before the monthly county board meeting.
Gould also said:
The last two parcels of land necessary to complete the widening of Caton Farm Road from Illinois 59 to the Kendall County line were recently acquired.
The county and the city of Joliet have been widening the road to five lanes in sections for the past several years. The last section will be from Drauden Road to County Line Road. Now that the land at the intersection has been acquired, widening work will start this spring, Gould said.
The final section will cost about $8 million; the budget for the entire project was about $30 million. Once the widening is completed, the county will turn the road over to the city.
The extension of 95th Street from Knock Knolls Road over the DuPage River south to Boughton Road will begin in the spring. The $18 million project will extend the road a little over half a mile and include a bridge. The project is being paid for with federal, county, Naperville and Bolingbrook funds.
Motorists now have to drive to Plainfield-Naperville Road or east to Washington Street to cross the river, Gould said.
“So this will be an additional crossing,” he said.