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Preparing For Centennial Bridge Repair Work

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About 30,000 vehicles cross Centennial Bridge every day. Repairs planned this summer are about to impact anyone who uses it. Lane closures will begin in a week and a half with about 35 days later in the summer when it will be closed completely. On Wednesday night there was a chance for the public to learn more so they can plan on making adjustments.

Drivers will run into lane closures starting June 23rd except for morning and evening rush hour periods. Then the complete shutdown of the bridge is between July 28th and September 6th. Illinois Department of Transportation officials say doing a complete bridge closure helps shorten the length of time drivers will have to deal with headaches altogether.

"If we did this in a staged construction we're talking a 6 month project," said Paul Loete, an IDOT project engineer.

While the marked detour sends traffic across the I-280 bridge, many drivers may want to use the Government or I-74 bridges instead. Officials encourage you rethink the options or if crossing the river is necessary at all.

"We know 30,000 vehicles can't move to one of those other two bridges, we'd have gridlock," said Denise Bulat, Executive Director of the Bi-State Regional Commission. "Maybe they can postpone a meeting until after construction is over, maybe they can hold a teleconference. Maybe they can ride their bike or walk or use transit."

Pedestrians will have access across the bridge during the entire project with some adjustments to avoid construction crews.

Officials say the scheduling of the complete bridge closure was set to avoid conflicting with the Bix 7 or Labor Day weekends.

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