According to an spokeswoman, Jae Miller, from Illinois Department Of Transportation the parts need to fix the drawbridge on Jefferson Street in Joliet have been obtained and that work to install those parts are in progress.
After the parts have been installed they will still need a few weeks to evaluate and ensure that the new parts are working properly before the bridge over the Des Plaines River can be reopened.
Miller said, “I’m told the shaft and gears have been delivered from Alabama and work has begun onsite. We’re aiming for a late December reopening.”
The bridge heading to downtown Joliet has been closed since Sept. 30 for what was supposed to be routine, three week maintenance. Soon after they started the maintenance workers realized that they need parts to be replaces which made the bridge closure to extend indefinitely.