Stateline Bridge Report

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

Terry Giardina looks over a list of bridges in the Stateline, deemed "structually deficient" according to the federal government. And it was news that's changed his outlook on the area's roads. "I don't really think about it as a concern but now that I found out this information, it's a concern," Giardina said. The data comes from federal bridge inspections. While the term, structurally deficient, doesn't mean serious danger, we learned all too quickly that serious danger can happen after the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis. The report showed nearly 50 bridges alone in Winnebago County are classified as structurally deficient...and some include heavily trafficked areas like here along the Route 20 bypass. Some of those heavily-trafficked spots along Rockford's U.S. 20 bypass top the Stateline list. These take a combined load of more than 100,000 vehicles a day. Rust and peeling paint were found at many locations...And clear evidence of crumbling concrete both above and below. "It makes me think we need to have the bridges checked out for structural damage and make sure they're sound," Giardina said. Moves that might keep some of our bridges froming turning into a killer. The Illinois Department of Transporation says plans are in the works for bridge improvements in our area. The Route 20 bridge crossing Highway 251, for example, will be replaced next summer. And for a complete list of structurally deficient bridges in Boone, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties, click on the Hot button on our website.

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