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New traffic signals to start Wednesday at Route 89 bridge

IDOT: Expect traffic delays

SPRING VALLEY — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced new temporary traffic signals will be in effect beginning Wednesday, May 9, on the Route 89 Spring Valley River Bridge Construction Project.

The $38.6 million project, awarded to Illinois Constructors Corp. of Elburn, consists of removing and replacing the Route 89 bridge over the Illinois River south of Spring Valley.

The new traffic signal will be utilized to maintain one lane of traffic while pavement is built connecting the new alignment to the existing alignment.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane from the railroad bridge to just north of the existing river bridge. There will also be traffic signals at the entrance to the ADM grain elevator and Barto's Landing.

Traffic delays can be expected, according to IDOT, and motorists should plan accordingly. The traffic signals are expected to be in place for approximately two months. The current width restriction of 9 foot 6 inches will remain in effect.

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