Hanover Park officials gathered Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the Longmeadow Lane bridge to the public.
The original bridge, located south of Irving Park Road, was built in 1965. It closed in July 2012 after several sections were found to be deficient. During the closure, traffic was detoured to Edgebrook Lane.
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Officials said the new culvert is elevated higher than the old bridge and will allow a 100-year flood to pass under the roadway. The project also included the replacement of a sewer line and a section of the water main.
The $567,000 project was funded partly by the Federal Highway Administration's Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation program. The culvert was designed by Pavia-Marting and Co. of Roselle and constructed by D Construction of Coal City.