They finally reconnected the road and the impact was obvious within days.
It may as well have been as if they opened up the nozzle of a fire hose from the way all the cars were streaming along Chicago Street into Joliet’s downtown.
Or it would have been that way if there hadn’t been an enormous crane in the middle of the street and blocking the road by the Rialto. Or if there wasn’t a global pandemic putting a damper on the restaurant and bar businesses, not to mention the casinos, which had to close down altogether again Friday.
So right after Chicago Street opened again after so many years, there was still no way to get too far into downtown. At least not on that street. Or over the Jefferson Street bridge, which has been stuck in the air for months and may never come down. But that didn’t stop the city from issuing a statement in which Mayor Bob O’Dekirk called the event a “momentous occasion in Joliet’s history.”