If I don’t write about an engineering topic that’s in the news, there’s probably a reason. Often that reason is because I know a lot about the topic, but I’m “not the guy” who is tasked with public communication. So, I’m active behind the scenes in meetings and peer-to-peer communications, but I DO NOT publicly discuss the topic. One of those issues is I-80, including the DesPlaines River Bridge. For over a year I’ve been working with the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) to collect data on the roadway and build consensus for transportation solutions. I serve on the Executive Committee for the I-80 Coalition which has been formed with assistance from the CED. Today our website for that group went live: http://i-80coalition.com/. It has A LOT of information, with more to come – so if you want to learn about this extremely important project check the News and Updates pages often.
I will answer one question. Yes, I do drive over the bridge. Several times a week.
Have a great day!
Howard J. Hamilton, PE, CFM, CPESC