Vital link being rebuilt, expanded

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Thursday, March 1, 2012
What it is: The Henry Avenue Bridge over the Rock River in Beloit is being rebuilt and widened.

Work started in September to replace the bridge deck, widening it from two to four lanes and including a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side and a 10-foot-wide bike path on the south side, separated from cars by a barrier wall.

The bridge is one of the busiest traffic areas in the city, carrying 14,200 vehicles a day in 2010, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The bridge is important for nearby Beloit Memorial High School, because students will cross it daily to get to programs offered at the Eclipse Center—the old Beloit Mall—on the other side, said Lance Wagner, vice president at R.H. Batterman and Co., Beloit.

The project is using and expanding the existing piers and abutments.

What's the progress: With help from the mild winter, the bridge is on track to be opened before school starts.

The bridge closing caused traffic snarls in the fall, but people by and large have adjusted to the temporary inconvenience, said Mike Flesch, Beloit city engineer.

Cost: $7.3 million, with the federal government paying $3.2 million, the state $2.5 million and the city of Beloit $1.6 million.
Completion date: Sept. 1.

Last updated: 8:02 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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