MINOOKA – Detours are planned during overnight hours next week for those traveling east and west on Interstate 80 near Minooka so new bridge beams can be installed at Minooka Road.
The new beams – for the bridge at Minooka Road over Interstate 80, approximately 2 miles west of the Minooka interchange – will be erected, weather permitting, starting Monday, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The work is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., with all through traffic on I-80 being detoured around the work zone during these hours, according to the news release. Preliminary work involving lane closures may be performed prior to the start of scheduled work.
The detour routes and dates are as follows:
• I-80 Westbound: Detour to be used Monday to Sept. 12. All traffic will exit at the Minooka Interchange (exit 122) and will be directed to travel north on Ridge Road to Route 52, then west on Route 52 to Route 47, then south on Route 47, where motorists can get back on I-80 in Morris.
• I-80 Eastbound: Detour to be used Monday and Tuesday. All traffic will exit at the Brisbin Road interchange (exit 116), and will be directed to travel south to Route 6, then east on Route 6 to Interstate 55, then north on I-55 to I-80.
IDOT encourages motorists to use “extreme caution when traveling along the detour and ... to be alert for flaggers and all other workers,” the agency said in the news release.
This work is part of the $6.99 million contract awarded to “D” Construction of Coal City for replacement of the Minooka Road structure and other associated work.
The entire bridge project cost is $7.5 million, with the bulk of the expense for bridge work, which began several months ago.
The village spent about $565,000 on its portion, which included work on water mains and sanitary sewer lines. That work began in April, Minooka Public Works Superintendent Rob Tonarelli said, and is done.
The state has said the bridge will be “substantially completed” by December, Tonarelli said, and will tentatively open to traffic in December.
“Everything seems like it’s going pretty smooth,” Tonarelli said. “It was a needed project. It just takes time to do.”