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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