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Lincoln Street In Bloomington To Reopen For Traffic This Morning
Updated May 4, 2017 7:19 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Repairs on Lincoln Street between Third and Fourth Streets have been completed and Lincoln is set to reopen for vehicle traffic by 7:30 a.m. today.

Mayor John Hamilton says, "I want to commend our Public Works, Street, Engineering and Utilities Departments as well as Weddle Brothers Construction for their fast work to fully restore this busy intersection. Third Street was repaired and open within 6 days of the unanticipated closure, saving our residents the inconvenience an extended detour would have created. Lincoln Street will reopen within the time frame originally forecasted for the total repair. Thanks, too, to the small businesses in the area affected by the temporary closures. Their patience, adaptability and cooperation throughout the repair process were much appreciated."

The road was closed after an engineering inspection determined the infrastructure supporting the road was structurally unsound and unsafe for travel, according to city officials. A problem was located in the culvert that runs underneath the intersection. The road is directly above a 16-foot-wide storm sewer built to accommodate the Jordan River as it runs underground. Areas of infrastructure north and east of this sewer were improved in the early 2000s as part of the "Big Dig."

Third Street was closed for two blocks from Grant Street to Washington Street.

"I tip my hat to everyone involved in the timely repair of this major thoroughfare prior to one of our busiest weekends of the year. I'm sure many residents and visitors to Bloomington this graduation weekend will spend more time with their loved ones and less time in traffic as a result of their efforts," Mayor Hamilton added.

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