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Temporary bridge during I-55 and Lake Shore work wins award

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A temporary bridge used during reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 55 and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago has earned Illinois a national transportation award.

The grand prize in the 2018 America’s Transportation Awards was announced Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials in Atlanta.

The Illinois Department of Transportation devised a temporary bridge for inbound I-55 traffic exiting southbound on Lake Shore Drive. Officials say it reduced delays by avoiding extended enclosures and detours.

Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the project “represents IDOT’s enthusiasm and commitment” to maintaining safe transportation while finding “creative solutions” to problems.

The project was selected from 79 nominations from 35 states.

It comes with a $10,000 charitable contribution which IDOT will make to the Special Olympics .