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Portion of Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee to close for repairs after truck struck railroad bridge

Old Grand Avenue will be closed for approximately two weeks to repair the Canadian Pacific Railroad bridge | Photo provided by the Village of Gurnee.

A portion of Old Grand Avenue will be closed for at least two weeks while crews repair the Canadian Pacific Railroad bridge after a truck struck the crossing in December.

The road closure will start on Monday, Jan. 20, and is expected to remain closed until Wednesday, Feb. 5.

“The bridge maintenance project will require closure of Old Grand Avenue between O’Plaine Road and North First Street to ensure the safety of the public and to provide Canadian Pacific crews a safe work environment,” said Jack Linehan, Assistant to the Gurnee Village Administrator.

Traffic on Old Grand Avenue will be rerouted by detour signage to take Grand Avenue around the closure.

The Canadian Pacific bridge maintenance project will repair the concrete ballast after a trailer truck carrying a leaf collection container failed to clear the bridge in December and struck it. The concrete that was damaged does not pose a structural risk to the bridge, officials said.

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The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital. He received numerous citations, police said.

Access to Viking Middle School, Viking Park and local businesses will remain open throughout the project via Old Grand Avenue and O’Plaine Road, Linehan said.


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