Just part of Route 102 to close

Work will replace bridge south of Ritchie

THE SIGN IS deceiving — it appears that Route 102 from Ritchie south was slated to close Monday — but the work area near the S curve by the Butterfield farm, is small, and the detour short: Manteno Road to Old Chicago Road.

Staff Report

The signs say “Route 102 to close April 22,” and nothing more, so who wouldn’t think they’d have to find another way to get to Kankakee as of that date?
The Free Press Newspapers received calls Tuesday asking for clarification. Since the sign says that Route 102 will close April 22, which was Monday, it seemed logical to assume all of the state highway ahead on will be closed. The sign lacks some critical information.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced in March that a bridge replacement project on Route 102 over Rayn’s Creek, southeast of Ritchie, will begin April. 22, weather permitting.
IDOT said then that a detour will direct traffic to Manteno and Old Chicago roads, but the detour signs haven’t yet been installed.
IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said some preliminary work is taking place this week, but the closure and detour will not be in effect until Monday, April 29.
The replacement project is expected to be complete by the end of September, according to the March announcement.
Once the work gets started, motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.