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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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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