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Fitchie Creek Bridge Replacement Project  

   In the spring of 2013 the Road District was tasked with replacing the bridge that carries Nesler Road over Fitchie Creek. The Road District has moved forward through the first phase of engineering into the second phase which began last month. We are looking at a target letting date of September 2016 and construction date of the spring of 2017. The Road Districts Hard Road Tax funds will not be used in the construction of this bridge. We have funded this project with Federal Highway funds and Motor Fuel Tax funds. 80 percent of the bridges total replacement costs will be covered by using Federal Funds. We will be posting more on this page as time goes on and the actual bridge construction gets closer.

 

              TIMELINE FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF FITCHIE CREEK BRIDGE

  •  PHASE 1 COMPLETED 1/10/16
  •  PHASE 2 COMPLETED 9/06/16
  •  PHASE 3 APPROVED BY I.D.O.T. TO PROCEED WITH CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING.
  •  LETTING FOR CONSTRUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE  9/16/16  THE ROAD DISTRICT SHOULD KNOW IN 75 DAYS OR LESS WHO THE LOW BIDDER WILL BE.
  • DUNNETT BAY WAS THE LOW BIDDER AT $727,790.56. THEY WERE QUITE A BIT LOWER THAN  THE ESTIMATE  ($879,704.50) AND OTHER BIDDERS. 
  •  PHASE 3 STARTED March 1st
  •  TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR CONSTRUCTION IS LATE SPRING EARLY SUMMER 2017.  
  • Nesler Road will be closed from March 1st to September 10th. This is a construction window for the replacement of the Fitchie Creek Bridge.  We are looking for a three month closure but have to allow for delays in the construction process. The detour routes are being posted and will be displayed when the closure nears its start date. A map of the posted detour for this project will be posted on this website as soon as the state finalizes it.
  •  3/8/17 All forestry work is done , silt fence has been installed and they are in the process of removing bridge rail and guard rail for repurposing with the Highway Department.  
  •  4/4/17  The sheet pile retaining wall is in and capped , the creek diversion is in place, demolition on the bridge structure should take place early this month after the black top deck has been ground off . The project was at 3 % completion as of 3/24/17.
  • 5/19/17 The old bridge structure has been completely removed all new piles have been driven and poured ,the abutments are inplace the creek channel has bee excavated and rip rap has been installed in its proper place. All the new beams should be set in place this week and should start pouring the concrete approaches and deck sometime around the 12th of June.  As of 5/30/17 the bridge is at 43% completion.  
  • 6/20/17  The cement deck and approaches have been poured we are still well ahead of schedule but are expecting delays do to the shut down of all state and federally funded  projects by the state of Illinois due to the budget impasse.
  •  7/21/17 The bridge and roadway were finished striping shouldering and grass work were completed.

  

 

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