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New Route 3 bridge near Dupo to open soon

By on October 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

The new Canal Bridge on Route 3 between Dupo and Cahokia is set for an unofficial opening of Nov. 15, an Illinois Department of Transportation official told the Republic-Times on Wednesday.

“We’re all but certain it will be open by Thanksgiving,” said Thomas Borsch of IDOT.

The road has been closed at that location since August 2011, causing many motorists traveling to downtown St. Louis from Monroe County, Dupo and surrounding areas to use a detour or other alternate route. The road was expected to be closed until August of next year, but Borsch said workers from Keeley & Sons had fortunate weather conditions to speed up the project.

Pictured is the new Canal Bridge on Route 3 between Dupo and Cahokia. The road is set to re-open sometime in November. (Tammy Taylor photo)

“We really got lucky because last winter really wasn’t a winter, and spring didn’t cause the canal to flood. So it was pretty ideal on both counts,” Borsch said.

Borsch said the only main hurdle remaining on the project is the pouring of barrier walls on the new bridge.

The old Canal Bridge, built in the 1950s, was rated “structurally deficient” in 2009. Cost of the construction project for the new bridge was around $14.5 million.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.