Illinois still struggling to repair iffy bridges

A leading structural engineer says he's alarmed that only a few of the busiest bridges in Illinois with structural deficiencies have been fixed since a deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis a year ago.

An Associated Press review of the repair work on the state's 20 most-traveled and troubled bridges found only six had undergone any repairs during the past year.

No work's been done on the state's most-used problem bridges, including the busiest, the Stewart Avenue elevated section of Interstate 90-94 in Chicago.

The past president of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, John Frauenhoffer, calls the situation "scary."

He says while insufficient funds is part of the problem, that also provides an "easy excuse" for inaction.

He adds the Minnesota collapse hasn't been the wake-up call for Illinois it should have been.