Illinois Department of Transportation
Marie Elliott with the Missouri Department of Transportation says the department had drivers out all morning spreading brine to melt down any icy spots.
Traffic had been diverted away from the construction zone since early in the weekend.
“Although a bridge may be deemed or categorized as structurally deficient, it doesn’t necessarily mean that bridge is unsafe to travel on,” Jae Miller of IDOT said.
Knowing it will be a major disruption for commuters, I-DOT will penalize the contractor $2,500 for every 15 minutes the road remains closed past the deadline of 9:00 a.m. on September 23.
Illinois has seen an increase of 13 percent in fatal motorcycle accidents over the past year.
The speed limit in Wisconsin is 65, but it’s 70 in all other states adjacent to Illinois.
“Meteorologists nailed this. The storm came in hot and heavy. We endured four or five hours of heavy snow.”
At issue is the “diversion” of funds earmarked for roads and bridges.
The ramp connects westbound Interstate 55-70 to the bridge but when it was was inspected, the cross slope was off.
The truck hit the Third Street bridge, which is just under 15 feet high, and overturned onto its side.