Stearns School Road Bridge to reopen Friday

By Kayleigh Padar
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 9/2/2021 8:35 PM

Construction is finished on the Stearns School Road Bridge over the Tri-State Tollway, and it will reopen today, authorities said.

The bridge -- located just north of the Gurnee Mills Mall, Great Wolf Lodge and Six Flags Great America -- was closed to traffic March 1. It's reopening two months ahead of schedule, according to a news release from the Illinois Tollway.


The Illinois Tollway, the village of Gurnee and the Lake County Division of Transportation worked together and spent $12 million to reconstruct the 70-year-old bridge, the news release said.

The project involved removing the old two-lane bridge and replacing it with a three-lane bridge with 4-foot-wide shoulders, maintaining the existing north-side pedestrian walkway and adding a walkway on the south side, the news release said. The new bridge is expected to have a 75-year service life.

Up to 15,900 vehicles use the Stearns School Road Bridge daily to cross over the tollway. Temporary lane closures are expected during off-peak times as workers continue working on landscaping, according to the news release.

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