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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Bridges sound in Morton

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      Interstate bridge conditions
      While all of the Morton bridges may be in good or better condition, not all bridges in Morton are that way.
      Six bridges on Interstate 74 are classified as structurally deficient.
      They are the eastbound/westbound bridge over I-155, the eastbound/westbound bridge near Jefferson Street and eastbound/westbound bridge over Jackson Street.
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  • A strong part of Morton has always been the public works department.
     
    Besides managing the streets and pipes running through the city, director Craig Loudermilk said that the department also looks after 31 bridges and culverts in the village.
     
    The 31 structures are looked at biannually by Hanson Engineers, an outside consultant.
     
    "With that, 12 of those 31 are classified as IDOT bridges," Loudermilk said, adding that three of the 12 IDOT bridges are looked at every four years because they are classified as an excellent rating.
     
    Bridges are classified as IDOT bridges if they are more than 20 feet in length, he said. Those bridges are the ones that run over Bull Run, Prairie Dylan and Ackerman creeks.
     
    While doing the inspections, Loudermilk said that Hanson Engineers uses the same evaluation process with Morton bridges and IDOT bridges, although Morton can allow a bit more flexibility in results.
     
    He added that they also need to be on time with IDOT inspections every other year.
     
    "If we are late, we'll have a black eye and at the end of the day, when these bridges come up for repair, we won't get funding," Loudermilk said.
     
    Out of the 31 bridges and culvert that were inspected this year, Loudermilk said only one culverts was marked as needing repairs in the future. All the rest were marked in excellent, good or fair condition.
     
    "We'll get that on our watch list so we can plan and budget for that," Loudermilk said.
     
    In addition, the report given to the village also has a list of smaller items that can be repaired or upkeep that can be done, such as repairing sidewalk cracks or cleaning up extra growth.
     
    "If we have major issues, they'll let us know what the major issues are," Loudermilk said.
     
    He said the last big repair on a Morton bridge was about 10 years ago on a Main Street bridge, and the newest bridge built was in 1996.
     
    "We have some very safe structures," Loudermilk said. "A lot of times, when you see bridge failures, it's the old truss-type bridges where if one member fails the whole structure fails. We don't have any of those.
     
    "If there was a failure, we'd be able to see it and fix it before it was a major failure."
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