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Long-closed Hill Road set to open in less than 2 weeks

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 3:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 8:52 a.m. CDT

RICHMOND – Hill Road is set to open in less than two weeks, nearly 21 months after the state closed the bridge.

All crews have left is paving the final layer of asphalt, installing the guardrails and finishing the landscaping and cleanup, said Jim Werner, a construction manager with the McHenry County Division of Transportation.

Work was scheduled to be completed by the end of September but is a little behind schedule because of weather, Werner said. If the weather doesn’t interfere, Werner expects the road to be opened on or before Oct. 4.

“It was closed awhile, longer than we would have liked,” he said.

In a routine inspection, the state discovered that some structural elements had failed, and on Jan. 1, 2012, closed the bridge, which crosses the north branch of Nippersink Creek, Wally Dittrich, design manager for McHenry County Division of Transportation, said in an earlier interview.

The bridge was built in 1958, according to county documents.

Richmond Township owns the bridge and the Illinois Department of Transportation is handling the replacement.

The project originally was scheduled for last fall, but when the bid wasn’t awarded by a state deadline, it had to be rebid, Dittrich said.

Eighty percent of the $1.8 million project will be paid with federal dollars, he said. Sixteen percent will come from a state fund for township bridge projects, and the final 4 percent will be paid by the county.

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