Additional evaluation work required by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the replacement of La Salle County’s Sandy Ford bridge on the Leonore Blacktop over the Vermilion River was approved by the County Board.
The bridge is close to the 200-acre Sandy Ford Conservation Area, which includes a forest, creeks, prairies and sandstone cliffs. That proximity led to the state requiring the additional investigation, County Engineer Larry Kinzer told the board last Thursday. The additional expense raises the preliminary engineering costs by $49,344 to $174,097, according to the resolution approved by the board. The work is to be carried out by Willett, Hofmann & Associates of Dixon.
The steel truss bridge built in 1959 has been in declining condition in recent years. The largest span is 192 feet and the total length is 298 feet.
Covel Creek bridges to be replaced
The County Board also initiated action to replace the North 20th and East 23rd roads across Covel Creek in Grand Rapids Township. The total cost is estimated at $777,000. Preliminary engineering by Hutchison Engineers, of Shorewood, an estimated $129,000, will be split by the township and county. The rest will be paid by a combination of federal, county and township funds.
Kangley speed limit reduced
At the request of Kangley officials, the speed limit was dropped from 30 mph to 25 mph on County Highway 29 (East 15th Road) through the village from Eighth Street north to the intersection with County Highway 64.