In the past few weeks, work has continued on watermain installation, boardwalk construction, causeway removal and final grading. Some landscaping also took place in the areas along the river that will no longer be accessible.
Despite the uneven weather over the winter, work continues on the Red Gate Bridge project. McHugh and their subcontractor (Western Utility) completed the arduous task of boring and pulling a new watermain under the Fox River.
The Red Gate Bridge is now open to vehicular traffic. Weekly updates regarding the project will be suspended until work resumes on the pedestrian and bicycle pathway that will connect to existing trails on either side of the river.
City officials expected Red Gate Bridge would relieve about 10 percent of traffic on Main Street, and an early count indicates its effect on the thoroughfare might be even more, city administrator Brian Townsend said.
Beginning at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 17 – the first business day the bridge was open – the city conducted a 24-hour traffic count. By the time it ended at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 18, 2,686 eastbound vehicles and 2,512 westbound vehicles had crossed the bridge for a total of use of 5,198 cars.