Apparently Rockford’s Worst Bridge Is Getting A Makeover
Rockford's City Council just approved the capital improvement plan for 2021-2025. Many 815 roads in terrible condition are getting a makeover.
On Monday (11/30), City Council approved the plan that will repair or replace, badly damaged roads around the city, including structural issues with bridges.
There's quite a bit of good news here, for all drivers, but especially those who drive big trucks. More specifically, drivers of big trucks who forget just how big the truck is that they're driving.
In 1852, Chicago & North Western Railway built a train bridge over 20th Street in southeast Rockford. The clearance height of the bridge is clearly posted on signs on either side, yet far too many have underestimated the height of the vehicle they were driving.
Tim Hinkens, City of Rockford Engineer said,
“If you ever see a picture of a truck stuck underneath a bridge it’s there.”
The 5-year capital improvement plan also includes work to make Rockford a more bike-friendly community.
JohnMarvigBridges.org has a short history lesson on the 168-year-old bridge worth checking out.
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