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Wauponsee Glacial Trail Section Closed for Bridge Replacement Work

A northern section of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail will be closed from October 31 through spring for bridge replacement work. 

The trail's Jackson Creek bridge will be replaced. It is located just south of Delaney Road and east of Cherry Hill Road in Manhattan Township. 

The trail, which travels 22.42 miles from Joliet to the Kankakee River in Custer Park, was converted from a railway corridor. Many of the original rail bridges and structures remained and were used as part of the trail. The bridge that is being replaced is a 92-foot structure that has deteriorated and is in need of replacement. 

The bridge replacement project will cost $398,681, and the work will be performed by P.T. Ferro Construction.

The Wauponsee Glacial Trail north and south of the Jackson Creek bridge will remain open during the bridge replacement. 


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