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Ruby Street Bridge Work to be Done by Thanksgiving

An Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman says work is on schedule and, weather permitting, should be complete by late November.

Ruby Street Bridge work is on schedule to be completed by Thanksgiving, about a week later than originally forecast by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Painting was being completed Sunday, but a good deal of mechanical work for the drawbridge over the Des Plaines River still needs to be completed, IDOT spokesman Mike Klassey said.

"Once the painting is done, there is a lot of work to be done on the mechanical parts," he said. "Our goal is to have all that work done by Thanksgiving, weather permitting."

The bridge closed in mid-July, and it was expected the work would take four months. It's a difficult project, in part because of the structure's age.

"They are just the most complicated projects you can work on as a road engineer," Klassey said. "It’s like, it’s almost like a watch."

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Flora Dora October 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Good job and almost on time. Small miracle!

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