A collection of reports and updates on the safety and reconstruction of the Des Plaines Illinois River Bridges.
Des Plaines River Bridges Joliet, Illinois
The Interstate 80 bridges spanning the Des Plaines River in Joliet were first constructed in 1965, and subsequently reconstructed in 1998
The dual bridges span 2,300 feet in length, carrying more than 85,000 vehicles a day, and provide a vital link for both local east-west mobility through Will County and to the national freight system
The existing Des Plaines River Bridge structure is a truss bridge, which cannot be widened to add lanes or shoulders from the current 3-lane configuration
IDOT inspection report information for the Des Plaines River Bridges – Spring 2018
I-80 Westbound Report
I-80 Eastbound Report
Des Plaines River Bridge Design Alternatives
IDOT is reviewing alternative bridge designs as part of the Interstate 80 Ridge Rd. to US Rt. 30 Project.
Des Plaines Bridges News
The state has made plans for making structural repairs on a couple of well-used bridges that need them.
In what other state do highway billboards warn you to drive over a bridge at your own risk?
The bridge on Interstate 80 that spans the Des Plaines River has garnered recent media attention after state inspectors in a report early last year described sections of it as “critical,” “intolerable” and a “high priority for replacement.”
It’s a story we brought you first on CBS 2 about a bridge in Joliet with one of the worst structural ratings in the state.