A routine inspection leads to a bridge closure.
The Lancaster Road bridge is closed after deterioration was found in steel support piles. The inspection took place on March 18, revealing holes in the support piles in the west pier.
“The steel piles that actually hold up the structure have been rusting and they’ve come to the point where there is no carrying capacity of the steel piles that are holding up the bridge,” according to Peoria County Engineer Amy McLaren. McLaren had been monitoring the bridge since 2012
McLaren says the decision to close the bridge was made in consultation with Illinois Department of Transportation structural engineers.
The replacement bridge will cost $3 million. Construction will begin next spring after funding kicks in.
McLaren says some of the locals have complained about the closure, asking why the bridge was not repaired as opposed to being replaced.
“The extent of the damage on this structure makes it almost impossible to do a repair and a cost sensitive type of repair,” says McLaren.
More than 4,000 vehicles a day use the bridge. Here is a map of the detour.
Design work is ongoing, as are appraisals for right of way acquisitions.