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Brandon Road bridge reopening expected this month

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – The Brandon Road bridge should open later this month.

The bridge has been closed since June 30 and had been closed three times previously in the past year because of problems with a center lock mechanism.

The center lock was sent away for repair and has been refurbished, said Gianna Urgo, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department for Transportation.

Urgo in an email said the center lock was to be delivered this week, but it will take some time to install the mechanism, rewire it to the bridge controls, and then test it.

"We anticipate the Brandon Road bridge will reopen by mid-September," Urgo said.

The center lock is the mechanism that connects the two sections of a drawbridge when it is lowered. Repair crews have worked on the center lock previously before sending the mechanism away to be delivered.

Repairs on the drawbridges can be lengthy because parts are not readily available.

The Brandon Road bridge, however, has been a nagging problem for a year.

The bridge was closed in September 2016 for scheduled maintenance. It was closed again in December because of problems with the center lock. The repairs at that time were scheduled to take a month, but the bridge did not reopen until March.

The Brandon Road bridge was closed again for two days in June before reopening and then being shut down again on June 30.

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