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Last demolition on Chain of Rocks span set for Thursday

From Illinois Business Journal news services

GRANITE CITY – The Illinois Department of Transportation says Interstate 270 will be closed in both the eastbound and westbound directions on Thursday, weather permitting, to demolish what remains of the Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge.

The lane closures will begin at 10 a.m. and will reopen within two hours. These lane closures are necessary to demolish the old westbound and eastbound sections of the bridges over the levees.

Westbound traffic will be guided onto Illinois Route 3 and eastbound traffic will be guided onto Riverview Boulevard, utilizing flaggers, traffic control devices and traffic control signing. Motorists should consider alternate routes to avoid delay.

A limited public viewing area will be established at the east end of the Old Chain of Rocks Road Canal Bridge (Old Route 66). The viewing area will likely be snow covered and IDO is advising people to take precautions. Limited parking for the public will be designated off of West Chain of Rocks Road west of Illinois 3 and will require walking up to one-half mile to the viewing area.


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