Oak bridge closed to pedestrians
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:16AM
Hinsdale officials closed the pedestrian portion of the Oak Street Bridge over the railroad tracks after finding a structural deficiency recently. Until it can be repaired, the pedestrian portion of the bridge is closed.
“The support beam is failing because of the old age of the bridge,” Hinsdale village engineer Dan Deeter. “We are trying to put together a team of contractors to repair the bridge and structural engineers are working on solutions.”
The bridge remains open for vehicle traffic. The Highland Station crossing on Hill Grove Avenue may be used as an alternate route for pedestrians to cross the tracks.
There is no date on when the pedestrian crossing will be reopened.
The 100-year-old bridge, which is just south of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, handles traffic in one direction at a time, with stoplights controlling vehicle flow. The village is looking at design plans to replace it with a two-lane bridge, with a decision on design scheduled to be made this fall.