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Bridge in Blue Island may reopen

A key bridge in Blue Island that has been shut down for five years could reopen in 18 months, according to state Rep. Robert Rita.

Rita, D-Blue Island, said the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved a $500,000 grant to launch an engineering study of a potential repair project for the Division Street bridge over the Calumet Sag Channel, a few blocks south of Vermont Street.

But after the study is done, cash-strapped Blue Island still would have to find more than $1 million to finance its portion of the repairs…Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Southtown Star.

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