City says Fourth Avenue expected to reopen by end of November

By Bugle Staff

The Fourth Avenue railroad viaduct between Chicago Street and Eastern Avenue will be closed for bridge work starting Oct. 30, according to a press release from the city of Joliet.

The closure is part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s work on the Heritage Corridor railroad bridges near the Joliet Gateway Center transportation campus. The city said it expects Fourth Avenue to reopen by the end of November.

Additionally, Fifth Avenue remains closed between Eastern Avenue and Gardner Street. Detour routes will be posted, but the city is advising commuters to exercise caution and seek alternate routes when traveling in the area. Fifth Avenue is also expected to reopen by the end of the month.

The city added that Fourth Avenue will have new turning restrictions at its intersection with Eastern Avenue after it reopens. Due to compromised visibility around the new bridge pier, southbound Eastern Avenue will become a right turn only lane. No left turns onto Eastern will be allowed.

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