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Trucks haul massive beams for rebuild of Mile Long Bridge

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CHICAGO (Chicago Tribune) — Trucks hauling massive concrete beams destined for the Mile Long Bridge along the Tri-State Tollway are getting police escorts from a Wisconsin factory to a tollway plaza in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

The Chicago Tribune reports the beams will be used in the $4 billion rebuilding and re-widening of Interstate 294 near O'Hare International Airport.

A chief engineering officer for the Tollway says concrete beams require less maintenance than steel ones and are more cost-efficient.

Officials say the project can be done without raising tolls and is expected to be completed in 2026.

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