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DeKalb County plans to replace bridges

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:18 p.m. CST

DeKALB – While crews are working to repair the Base Line Road bridge, DeKalb County officials are already looking ahead to start more bridge projects in 2015.

Work on the Base Line Road bridge, located west of Route 23 south of Genoa, was expected to be finished last fall, but the harsh winter delayed work for contractor Sjostrom and Sons Construction, said DeKalb County engineer Nathan Schwartz.

"We were expecting a normal winter and contractor to be able to get a fair amount of work done during the winter," Schwartz said.

During tonight's highway committee meeting, officials will discuss a transfer of $7,154.02 from the local bridge fund to the township bridge fund to help pay for the $500,000 project, Schwartz said.

Other scheduled work includes replacing Keslinger Road bridge in Afton Township this fall. Officials also are looking to replace two bridges in Paw Paw Township and the Coltonville Road bridge in 2015.

The two bridges in Paw Paw Township are on South Paw Paw Road west of Goble Road, are within a half-mile of each other and were built in 1965. The project will use about $800,000 in federal money, Schwartz said.

The Coltonville Road bridge, located between North First Street and Illinois 23 and spans across the Kishwaukee River, was built in 1975. That project is expected to cost about $2.5 million, so funds will come from federal funds earmarked for major bridge projects, Schwartz said.

"All three structures have aged, and they are showing their age," Schwartz said.

The three bridges each have weight limit signs posted.

Officials plan to fund the majority of those three projects using federal money, Schwartz said, which largely comes from motor fuel taxes. Bids for the Coltonville Road bridge will open in spring 2015.

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