Bridge closure for approximately three weeks during construction process
Major rehabilitation of the A. Eugene Rennels Bridge (formerly known as the Wilson Avenue Bridge) in West Chicago beginning in the month of June, and continuing during the months of July and August, will cause its closure for approximately three weeks during construction of the project.
The renovations, which include bridge deck joint replacements, bridge deck scarification and latex concrete overlay, cleaning and painting of bridge seats, beam ends and bearings, milling and resurfacing asphalt bridge approaches, replacement of sidewalks and curbs, storm sewer inlet repairs, replacement of bridge fence railing, installation of ornamental railing along bridge approaches, and other related work, require the closure of the Bridge and Wilson Avenue between Spencer Street and Main Street, as well as its adjacent sidewalks.
Traffic will be detoured over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Wood Street and Washington Street. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured thru the Main Street Tunnel on Turner Court. If Wilson Avenue is to be closed during dates when school is in session at West Chicago Community High School, every effort will be made to limit the bridge closure to traffic between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., so that school traffic is not affected by the closure.
It should also be noted that depending on temperatures, the contractor may need to perform the bridge deck latex concrete overlay work during night-time hours due to the sensitivity of latex concrete to high temperatures in the summer months.
City staff is currently coordinating with the three contractors to establish a construction schedule and a bridge closure schedule. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.
If you have any questions, please feel free contact the City’s Public Works Department at (630) 293-2255.