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Illinois River Bridge @ Morris, IL



All traffic lanes are now open. As of the weekend of October 10, 2004 it has been open. Some minor detail work is still needs to be done.

NEW PICTURES BELOW...



Looking west from Wm. G. Stratton State Park.
The Illinois River Bridge at Morris, IL carries Illinois State Route 47. The old bridge dated back to the 1930's, and has out-lived its life. Illinois State Route 47 currently is the busiest surface highway in the state. The project calls for IL St Rt 47 to be 2 thru-traffic lanes in each direction from the river, south, 1 mile, to Southmore Road.


This is looking east from Riverfront City Park. On June 24th, 2002, final beam was placed on the new bridge.

Illinois Department of Transportion (IDOT), opened the new bridge in November 2002. There are several reasons for the new bridge. One being, that the existing one is to narrow for the current traffic capasity. Also, the height of the bridge from the water surface is not enough for USCG standards.


Early Work Photos.
Other Images of the Work in Progress...
NEW Pictures of Work...
9-21-2002 UPDATE!
10-6-2002 UPDATE!
PICTURES FROM THE COMPLETED BRIDGE!
New Update!
Pictures of the Old Bridge
Pictures of demolished sections...
More pictures...
May 2003 Update...
July 2003 Update...
August 2003 Updates...
February 2004 Updates...
June 2004 Update...
September, 2004...
October, 2004-The open bridge