IDOT: No relief for Memorial Bridge bumps until spring

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:06 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The Illinois Department of Transportation says drivers complaining about bumps on the recently reopened Memorial Bridge will have to wait a while before things get any better.

In a statement released Wednesday, the department stated it was aware drivers might face a rough ride across the river but determined getting the bridge open for winter was top priority. However, officials insist the bridge is safe. According to the statement:

The Quincy Memorial Bridge, which reopened on Tuesday, is structurally sound and safe. We are aware that questions have been asked about the ride quality. IDOT recognized this issue but determined the importance of keeping the structure open during the winter months outweighed keeping the bridge closed during that time period. Work on the structure will resume in the spring, which includes structural steel repairs, painting and addressing the ride quality.

Illinois Department of Transportation

Drivers crossing the bridge have complained about the ride.

“It was rough,” said Quincy resident Norrun Washington. “I can’t deny it. My wife was a construction worker for 20 years and I was talking to her on the way over. She was like, ‘Was it better than the last time?’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s worse than the last time.’”

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