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February 1, 2018 10:30 AM

Rockland Road Bridge Closure-Emergency Repair

The Rockland Road bridge over the Des Plaines river will be closed at approx. 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 1st for an emergency repair. Please follow the marked detour signs to use Route 176 as an alternate east/west route.

Following a recent inspection, the existing steel truss system has been determined to have significant levels of deterioration that will require immediate action. As a result, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has recommended that the bridge be closed immediately until emergency repair work is completed.

The closure of the bridge is occurring in order to ensure public safety. During this period, signage will be provided for alternate detour routes. Motorists will be directed to utilize IL Route 176 (E. Park Avenue) for crossing the Des Plaines River.
Please note, the effected portion of the steel truss is not integral to the structural stability of the bridge and is predominantly decorative. Therefore, it is anticipated that the bridge will be reopened upon completion of the truss removal.

The bridge will be reconstructed as soon as possible. The bridge reconstruction will be funded with by Federal grants with local investment match funding from Libertyville Township and the Village of Libertyville.

The Village appreciates your patience during this important repair.

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Latest Update:

March 15, 2018 4:40 PM

March 15, 2018 Rockland Road Bridge Update: As you may be aware, the bridge was closed due to severe deterioration of the truss during the past year. The Village immediately closed the bridge and entered into a contract for removal of the truss. The Illinois Department of Transportation then advised the Village additional approval was needed prior to removal. We have finally received approval and have contacted our construction company to begin removal of the truss. The company has advised us that they can begin construction the middle of next week. The removal process should take about two weeks. There will be some additional work to ensure the bridge is safe before reopening the bridge to traffic. The Village appreciates everyone’s patience and will work to get the road back open as soon as possible.