Joliet’s Wheeler Avenue Bridge to Open Friday

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a project to replace the bridge carrying Wheeler Avenue over Interstate 80, in Joliet, is nearing completion.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen, weather permitting, by noon Friday, Dec. 22. The $5.7 million project, made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois capital program, is part of advance work leading to the $1.3 billion reconstruction of I-80 through Will County.

Work began earlier this spring to replace the bridge with a new wider structure that will accommodate the widening of I-80 under the bridge. The project also included new storm sewers and ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.

Motorists can expect delays as work continues along I-80 and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

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