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Full closure of I-55/64 set to start Nov. 1

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a full closure of southbound Interstate 55/64 at the I-55/70/64 interchange in East St. Louis is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 1-3, weather permitting.
Starting Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., all lanes of southbound I-55/64 will be closed at the I-55/70/64 interchange in East St. Louis. Southbound I-55/64 traffic will not be able to travel past the I-55/70/64 interchange.  The closure is necessary to set new bridge beams over I-55/64 as part of the MLK Bridge Approach project.

There will be posted detours for I-55 and I-64 as follows:

•    I-55 drivers will be directed to take I-255 south across the Jefferson Barracks Bridge to I-55.
•    I-64 drivers will be directed to take I-255 south to IL 3 north to westbound I-64.

The full closure of southbound I-55/64 is expected to end by 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

Motorists are urged to plan accordingly and use alternate routes including the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and drivers are also encouraged to seek alternate forms of transportation including carpooling and public transportation.  Motorists are urged to slow down and obey all construction signage, refrain from using mobile devices, and stay alert for changing conditions while approaching and traveling through the detour route.

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