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Downer bridge scheduled to reopen Friday

Constructicontinues east Downer Place bridge opening up large hole center span. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

Construction continues on the east Downer Place bridge, opening up a large hole in the center of the span. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:26AM

AURORA — The Downer Place bridge is expected to reopen to westbound traffic late Friday.

Reopening the westbound lane makes the major construction completion of the Downer bridges project that began in February over the Fox River. One lane of traffic and parking on the north side of the street will be opened from Broadway Avenue to River Street. Pavement striping is ongoing and four-way stop signs will be installed at the intersection of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue.

Parking meters will be removed from the north side of the street, and signs will be posted alerting downtown patrons that parking will be free on Downer for up to two hours through the end of the year.

The new eastbound lane and parking on the south side of Downer Place will remain closed for two more weeks until the two-way traffic conversion and other street work is finished. The eastbound lane is scheduled to be officially opened at a special bridge dedication ceremony scheduled for Dec. 12.

Benton Street, which has served as the detour route throughout the Downer Place bridge construction project, will remain two ways.

Prior to the eastbound lane being opened Dec. 12, the remaining parking meters on Downer Place and Benton Street between Broadway Avenue and Lake Street will be removed. Two-hour parking signs will be posted on Benton Street.

Next week, Stolp Avenue will be closed at the north and south intersections of Downer Place so construction crews can lay brick crosswalks. Downer Place’s westbound lane will remain open throughout that process. Crews also will be installing traffic signal equipment at six intersections along Downer Place and Benton Street as part of the two-way conversion project.

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