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Well, since the overall 99 improvement plan calls for 6-lanes minimum for the full length between Wheeler Ridge & Sacramento, this particular bridge is certainly on the long-range radar.  That being said, present project concentration seems to be on the section between the CA 198 junction and Kingsburg (an extremely high-truck-traffic "SIU").  This seems to be Caltrans' modus operandi regarding 99 upgrades:  do the squeakiest of wheels first, and worry about the issues along the intervening sections at some later timeframe.   
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I'd vote for the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines river near Joliet, IL.  The deteriorating condition of said structure with the insane traffic increase over the last ten years should mandate this.

I didn't include the I-80 bridge over the Des Plaines in Joliet because it is slated for improvements with a widening project that, given Illinois' finances, will probably not happen in my lifetime.
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I'd vote for the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines river near Joliet, IL.  The deteriorating condition of said structure with the insane traffic increase over the last ten years should mandate this.

I didn't include the I-80 bridge over the Des Plaines in Joliet because it is slated for improvements with a widening project that, given Illinois' finances, will probably not happen in my lifetime.

That actually were redone in 2014. They're in great shape.
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I'd vote for the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines river near Joliet, IL.  The deteriorating condition of said structure with the insane traffic increase over the last ten years should mandate this.


That actually were redone in 2014. They're in great shape.

I drive it every day, so I am intimately familiar with the madness that happened during the construction.  At the very least, the bridges need to be widened with additional lanes and a shoulder, given the traffic through there since the intermodal facility opened on the old arsenal land.
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I'd vote for the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines river near Joliet, IL.  The deteriorating condition of said structure with the insane traffic increase over the last ten years should mandate this.


That actually were redone in 2014. They're in great shape.

I drive it every day, so I am intimately familiar with the madness that happened during the construction.  At the very least, the bridges need to be widened with additional lanes and a shoulder, given the traffic through there since the intermodal facility opened on the old arsenal land.

SO what you're saying is, you want them torn down and replaced? IL would probably love to do that, convert it to a girder bridge. Those bridges were built at the same time for a US 66 based freeway, and then were turned into I-55 once it came into existance. There is no way to widen them.
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I'd vote for the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines river near Joliet, IL.  The deteriorating condition of said structure with the insane traffic increase over the last ten years should mandate this.


That actually were redone in 2014. They're in great shape.

I drive it every day, so I am intimately familiar with the madness that happened during the construction.  At the very least, the bridges need to be widened with additional lanes and a shoulder, given the traffic through there since the intermodal facility opened on the old arsenal land.

SO what you're saying is, you want them torn down and replaced? IL would probably love to do that, convert it to a girder bridge. Those bridges were built at the same time for a US 66 based freeway, and then were turned into I-55 once it came into existance. There is no way to widen them.

Exactly what I'm saying.
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I'd vote for the I-55 bridge over the Des Plaines river near Joliet, IL.  The deteriorating condition of said structure with the insane traffic increase over the last ten years should mandate this.


That actually were redone in 2014. They're in great shape.

I drive it every day, so I am intimately familiar with the madness that happened during the construction.  At the very least, the bridges need to be widened with additional lanes and a shoulder, given the traffic through there since the intermodal facility opened on the old arsenal land.

SO what you're saying is, you want them torn down and replaced? IL would probably love to do that, convert it to a girder bridge. Those bridges were built at the same time for a US 66 based freeway, and then were turned into I-55 once it came into existance. There is no way to widen them.

Exactly what I'm saying.

Even though it would mean losing out a neat pair of cantiliver bridges?

IL would not build a new cantiliver to replace the pair.

Also, i've been over it enough, traffic isn't that bad on it most of the time. I drive a truck over it a lot, never been stuck on it for the past two years.
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