Traffic is moving again on a westbound Interstate 74 bridge damaged by a gasoline tanker fire in July.


One lane of the Kickapoo Creek bridge near Downs reopened over the weekend as repairs near completion. One lane is also open on the eastbound side of I-74.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Williamsen said all four lanes should be open by the end of the week.


"There is just some minor cleanup left to do. They replaced the steel beams, put in a new bridge deck, made some abutment repairs and some pavement resurfacing," Williamsen said.


The westbound bridge had been closed since the July 7 crash that killed truck driver Lowell Kolbus, 71, of Mattoon. A temporary westbound lane was constructed over the eastbound bridge while repairs proceeded.


The westbound bridge replacement project was awarded to Halverson Construction Co. Inc. of Springfield for $982,165.80. That is in addition to the $854,000 in repair work performed by IDOT workers after the crash, Williamsen said.


Williamsen said the state is trying to recover a portion of the cost associated with repairs through the insurance company which covered Kolbus’s truck.