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NW suburban bridge slated for demolition, reconstruction

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The Genoa Road Bridge in northwest suburban Belvidere, which carries traffic over Interstate 90, will be closed for construction through the rest of winter and most of spring starting Monday.

The bridge, built in the 1950s, will be demolished and reconstructed as part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening project, a statement from the Illinois Tollway.

Under the project, the Illinois Tollway will widen 62 miles of I-90 to create a "state-of-the-art" route between Rockford and O'Hare International Airport, the statement said.

Construction was finished on the interstate's eastbound lanes in 2013, the statement said. The full Chicago-to-Elgin portion will be completed in 2016.

The bridge will be closed Monday in the afternoon, if weather permits, the department said.

Cars will be detoured around the bridge to U.S. Route 20, Crystal Parkway, Tripp Road and Cohoon Road in both directions, the department said. Trucks with a four-ton-per-axle weight will be diverted to U.S. Route 20, Cherry Valley Road and Stone Quarry Road in both directions.

Lanes on I-90 will be closed overnight for demolition and beam installation.

The Genoa Road Bridge is expected to be reopened in late spring, the statement said.

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