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Hole fixed on I-55 bridge deck

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Traffic backed up on Oct. 9 on I-80 when lanes were closed after a hole developed in a bridge over Rowell Avenue in Joliet.[]

WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP – Workers fixed a hole in the bridge deck in an emergency repair job that began Monday afternoon on an Interstate 55 bridge.

It was the second time in two months that lanes on a local interstate bridge had to be shut down for emergency repairs after a hole developed.

The work Monday required the right lane and right shoulder in southbound lanes to be closed overnight as crews fixed the hole on the bridge that carries I-55 over BNSF railroad tracks and Grant Creek. The location is south of Arsenal Road.

The bridge deck is likely to be replaced, said Gianna Urgo, spokeswoman with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"It's not a new bridge deck," Urgo said. "A new one might be in the works hopefully for next year."

In October, a 4-square-foot hole developed on the Interstate 80 bridge over Rowell Avenue in Joliet backing up traffic for miles.