LOCKPORT – The Ninth Street bridge in Lockport will be shut down during nighttime hours Tuesday and Wednesday.
The bridge, which is the main entryway into Lockport over the Des Plaines River, will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. because of a construction project at the State Street intersection.
Traffic during those hours will be detoured to the 135th Street bridge in Romeoville.
Work began last week on a project that will continue in the spring, as Lockport adds left-turn lanes at downtown intersections to relieve congestion. The city also will dress up the downtown streetscape.
“The purpose is safety,” Lockport Village Administrator Ben Benson said. “There’s a lot of accidents at Ninth and State Street.”
The turn lanes will be added in the spring.
This week, Nicor will replace a gas main that runs along State Street and will work on a section of the road that runs through the Ninth Street intersection. The bridge is being shut down to free up the intersection for construction work.
Meanwhile, one southbound lane on State Street has been closed for the Nicor project, which is expected to be complete in three weeks. That lane and on-street parking will be closed as the gas main is replaced.
State Street, the main street through downtown, is a four-lane road with no turn lanes. In the spring, construction crews will add turn lanes at Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets.
Benson said the benefits of the project “will be two-fold. It will be a little safer with the turn lanes, and will be more attractive.”
Planters, benches and new brickwork will be added in the downtown area to improve the appearance, he said. A fountain and historical clock that have been removed during construction will be reinstalled.
The state and federal government are spending nearly $4 million on the roadwork, Benson said. Lockport is spending about $2 million on the downtown streetscape improvements.