In October 2020, Truitt Road bridge over Hallock Creek was reduced to one lane of traffic after structural deterioration was found during a routine inspection. Work to construct a new bridge was originally slated to start this September, however, the project will be pushed back until Spring 2022. Truitt Road will continue to be open to one lane of traffic and controlled using temporary traffic signals until then.
The concrete beam manufacturer is not able to obtain the high strength steel strands that provide the main reinforcement of the beams in the timeframe originally intended due to a nationwide shortage. Highway has been informed beams may not arrive until November 2021 at the earliest.
Complicating the project is that due to the poor condition of the existing beams, the bridge must be completely closed to traffic while it is under reconstruction. In addition, work surrounding setting the beams, grouting them together, placing a waterproof membrane, and final paving requires the temperature to be at least 45 degrees.
Peoria County, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the contractor jointly decided not to risk starting the project at such a late date and possibly not being able to complete it, as the road would then have to be closed the entire winter.
Motorists are asked to use caution in the area and obey all traffic signals.