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Brandon Road bridge reopens – again – in Joliet

Traffic flows along the Brandon Road Bridge on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.
Traffic flows along the Brandon Road Bridge on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.

The Brandon Road bridge reopened on schedule Friday after being shut down for nearly two weeks for repairs.

The drawbridge has been closed repeatedly the past two years for repairs of the center lock mechanism that connects the two ends of the bridge.

After the most recent breakdown, the Illinois Department of Transportation said it would replace the entire center lock mechanism sometime next year.

The bridge has been closed since Sept. 24. It had just reopened Sept. 7 after repair work on the center lock mechanism.

IDOT said at the time the bridge was slated for reopening on Oct. 5. It was reopened Friday morning.

The Brandon Road bridge, built in the 1930s, is one of six drawbridges that cross the Des Plaines River in the Joliet area. The other bridges are in downtown Joliet.

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