By: Diane Benjamin
Back in June of 2015 I took pictures under the Center Street bridge for this story: https://blnnews.com/2015/06/03/24853/
It appeared then to be failing apart.
Last Monday a guy named Rick Phillipi (sp?) spoke during Public Comment at the 7:00 Council meeting. He has been tracking this bridge for many years, he is concerned that school buses use it. He showed more recent pictures, of course we can’t see them since the meeting was at the BCPA.
He claimed he spoke to IDOT personnel who were at the bridge recently. He also claimed IDOT told him the road was going to be closed March 1st and the bridge taken down.
According to the IDOT report on this structure, page 2 shows it was inspected on 12/14/2017: http://apps.dot.illinois.gov/bridgesinfosystem/details.aspx?sn=0576301
The report also shows:
POOR CONDITION – ADVANCED DETERIORATION
I don’t see any comments on that page saying the bridge is going to be torn down. I can’t find any other information on the IDOT site either. If what Rick says is true, the City likely knows but just haven’t told anybody yet.
Just hit play to hear his comments – especially if you own a business in that area.