Renwick Road Bridge Could Open This Month

Highway Commissioner Sam Reichert said the project is slightly ahead of schedule.

The two-lane replacement for the aging Renwick Road bridge could be completed as early as this month, according to Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner Sam Reichert.

“It looks like it’s ahead of schedule,” he said. “They’re doing really good out there.”

Little work remains, Reichert said, including painting the new bridge.

“I’m hoping sometime in October we’re going to open,” he noted.

“All that’s left is to make it look pretty,” noted engineer Craig Young of Hutchison Engineering.

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Construction began on the $7.4 million bridge last fall.

The new bridge spans 644 feet over the DuPage River, with two lanes and a bike path. It replaces the one-lane bridge, built around 1912.

Reichert said he plans to host a ribbon-cutting and official unveiling once the new bridge is completed.


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  • Renwick/River Road Closing Starts Tuesday


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Joel Craig October 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I have to commend Commissioner Reichert for sticking with his guns on the design of this bridge as it fits into the surrounding aesthetics perfectly. I can't imagine the eyesore that would exist had the Village gotten their way and this thing had another, what, 30 feet of vertical tacked on to it? Imagine the incline. Imagine the spin-outs in the winter. It'll be good to have an unimpeded flow of traffic in this area and hopefully take some of the pressure off of Lockport St.
Patterson October 03, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I really hope they plan to put a 4 way stop at Renwick and River. If there is not a 4-way stop placed there, start counting the number of accidents the moment that bridge opens!
Vicki Pawlowski Dallmann October 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I'll echo Patterson. When I saw them putting in stopsigns for River Rd traffic only, I pulled over and asked one of the crew members. He said Renwick traffic will have right of way in the intersection, not even a warning signal. I pass through this intersection several times every day and am consistently seeing near-miss accidents already (and the bridge has yet to open - yikes). Why they decided to make a 100% change in right-of-way is a mystery to me.
Nancy Gierich Beutel October 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Also the curve on river road seem a little more dangerous than previous. Please as bad weather approaches stay very cautious.I have seen numerous drivers hit the curb going around that corner. A accident waiting to happen. Drive with care.
oldschool October 04, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Agree 150%...there will be tons of traffic early A.M. and later in the day. It is very hard to see around the cars parked in the Legion lot if you are trying to go North on River. Prediction....at least one major accident within the first week and one fatal within the year.
Ed Arter October 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
The reconstruction of this curve was a step in the right direction. That pole on the East was relocated and the radius of the curve was softened and super elevated(Banked). However, it is still a long way from being safe. Had a deeper (Barrier Type) curb or even a barrier wall been installed you might have seen a safer condition. Improved signage is required as you approach the curve from the North. Guard Rails will only become a constant maintainence problem as traffic that doesn't slow will continually be bumping(crashing) metal. The low lying contour along the river will invite fog and misting, turning into black ice--So YES Nancy, more work is needed to safen this accident waiting to happen.
Ed Arter October 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
The latest plan is to shoot for a 10/15 openning for the actual Bridge with "Old" River Road work to follow, and removal of the Temp Renwick Pavement and site restoration.
Ram Seichert October 16, 2012 at 04:24 AM
How about some public information from Sam Reichert? No flags were posted on the new signs, there was no press release, no message boards used to indicate new traffic patterns. When traffic patterns change, it requires proper notification to the public which the Highway Commissioner's Office continuously fails to do.
Ram Seichert October 16, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Finally, the curve and speed placard have been posted on River Road going northbound. While going north on River Road at Renwick, the sight distance to the east is limited by vehicles parking in the VFW. This is going to cause some issues at this intersection.
Ram Seichert October 16, 2012 at 04:29 AM
The temporary pavement is already sinking and washing away. It already matches the rest of the road leading up to the one lane bridge (maintained by the Plainfield Township Highway Department) which is maintained only for horse and buggy.
Ram Seichert October 16, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Sorry Joel, I have to disagree here. The bridge is underdesigned for the future use of Renwick Road. The tracks are so close to the river, the bridge should've gone over the tracks too. You're worried about aesthetics? And you're not worried about Reichert paying his secretary nearly a half million to condemn her house to put the bridge in when it was worth next to nothing?
Ram Seichert October 16, 2012 at 04:36 AM
@Vicki - You'll need to ask the Highway Commissioner that question if you can ever get ahold of him. Call soon before he goes hunting for the next month.


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