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Trucks Haul Massive Beams for Rebuild of Mile Long Bridge

Officials say the project can be done without raising tolls and is expected to be completed in 2026. Officials say the project can be done without raising tolls and is expected to be completed in 2026. | 

Updated: February 15, 2020 10:31 AM

CHICAGO AP - Trucks hauling massive concrete beams destined for the Mile Long Bridge along the Tri-State Tollway are getting police escorts from a Wisconsin factory to a tollway plaza in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

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The Chicago Tribune reports the beams will be used in the $4 billion rebuilding and re-widening of Interstate 294 near O'Hare International Airport.

A chief engineering officer for the Tollway says concrete beams require less maintenance than steel ones and are more cost-efficient.

Officials say the project can be done without raising tolls and is expected to be completed in 2026.

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