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home : news : north central illinois   May 3, 2016

11/13/2013 1:00:00 PM
DePue no longer allowing school buses on bridge


Katlyn Rumbold
Princeton Bureau Chief



DEPUE — DePue Village Board discussed several items Tuesday, including the fate of an old bridge on Marquette Street.

Due to the current state of the bridge, the DePue school district has prohibited any school bus to use the bridge just as a safety precaution.

Looking to fix the problem, mayor Eric Bryant is hopeful that one day buses will again be able to drive across the bridge safely.
“The city had approved the bridge for 12 tons,” Bryant said. “That number is decreasing because the bridge is deteriorating. It is now posted for 8 tons. We’re going to set up a meeting with the county road commissioner to discuss the future of the bridge.”
Despite, the deterioration, Bryant said the bridge itself still is safe for the traffic (small vehicular traffic) that has been using it for years.
As far as large trucks go, there is an alternate truck route for that reason, Bryant explained.
“Big trucks haven’t been going over it for many years,” said Bryant. “There has been a truck route in DePue for as long as I can remember. It goes around the village.”
After replacing the bridge, Bryant anticipates school buses will be able to use the bridge again, but large trucks still will have to drive on the designated route.

Other business:

*The planning commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at the VFW to discuss the grant to put together a comprehension plan. Community input is strongly encouraged.

*The soccer field at Memorial Park will be reseeded to help ensure the high school teams and adult teams will be playing on a quality field next year. 

* The village donated $500 to Project Success for holiday baskets.










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