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Flossmoor bridge replacement scheduled to begin in March

The Brookwood Bridge will be rebuilt in coming months. The bridge will be closed to traffic during much of the project.
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The Village of Flossmoor invited residents to a conversation about the upcoming Brookwood Bridge and Butterfield Road Culvert reconstruction project at an open house on Jan. 24.

The project is scheduled to begin the first week of March. The village expects construction work to finish by the end of June. The bridge closure and replacement will primarily impact about 50 residences on Brookwood Drive and Butterfield Road. Residents will have access to their homes throughout the project.

According to Flossmoor Public Works Director John Brunke, the Brookwood Bridge is the only bridge in Flossmoor. It is believed to be the original bridge built for the subdivision in the late 1950s. Due to structural issues, its load limit has recently been reduced.

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A new bridge will span Butterfield Creek this summer. It will be about a foot higher than the old bridge. The updates will widen the intersection and provide better access for emergency and sanitation vehicles.
“It’s an exciting project, and it is 100% grant-funded,” Brunke said.

Residents at the open house had several questions and concerns for the village officials, but most were happy they would have a safe sidewalk to walk across. The village was asked to watch out for a snapping turtle that is often seen under the bridge. Brunke said native plantings and possibly trees would be added to the area when the work is complete.

The work will be completed by D Construction Inc. of Coal City, Ill. Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. of Rosemont is overseeing the project.

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