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Village Hosts Groundbreaking for Pedestrian Bridge Project

The grant-funded project will include a 10-foot-wide, 192-foot walkway linking the east and west sides of downtown Plainfield.

Village officials, members of the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, and Will County Board member Lee Ann Goodson tossed shovels full of dirt to officially kick off the long-awaited Lockport Street pedestrian bridge project.

Funded by a $1 million Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant, the bridge will feature a 10-foot-wide, ADA-compliant walkway, linking the east and west sides of town from James Street to Countryman Drive.

The project will also include decorative street lighting from Village Center Drive near Village Hall to Main Street. 

"This bridge has been along time coming," Mayor Mike Collins said. "We're really happy about it."

The bridge is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 1.

Following the groundbreaking, officials gathered at an open house at the new Riverfront Center, home to the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and generating donations to help make the riverfront master plan come to life. 

The center is located in the former control building for the village's south wastewater plant. 

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Rj July 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Is there a canoe/kayak river access point in the plan? With the increase in these activities, an access would be beneficial to downtown traffic.
Miguel Sanchez July 31, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Does this mean The Village of Plainfield has the cash from the state in hand? If not, drop the shovels!
silentrippy July 31, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I'm stunned that Dan Rippy even made an appearance. He rarely shows up to these events and rarely says anything if nothing at all at Village Board meetings unless of course it has to do with a fighting ordinance which he could later defend in the private sector.
Kevin S July 31, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Yes Rj there are access points included in the plan. You can review the master plan at http://www.plainfieldriverfront.com/.
Poker Face July 31, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Deny Plainfield and the State revenue allowed by the Video Gaming Act by making it illegal. Not to mention the harm done to your business community and commercial property values. Wake up take the revenue. How about earmarking it for the riverfront master plan?
anonymous July 31, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Paul Fay go back to topix and anonymously attack people there. This isn't a blog. You are obviously threatened by trustee Rippy but at least have the decency to attack him in the open. Don't be a coward Paul/honest abe/silent Rippy/eyes on Plainfield.
silentrippy August 01, 2012 at 02:38 AM
It's not an attack, it's the truth.

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