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Westbound I-70 in Metro East to be shutdown for weeks during pavement repairs

A major highway in Troy will see a closure for a  few weeks starting Friday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced a 21-day complete closure of westbound Interstate 70 between the westbound I-70/270 split and the merge with southbound I-55, beginning on Friday, June 25, weather permitting. This section of roadway will be completely closed to traffic for the 21 days starting at 6 p.m. The detour route for this closure is as follows:

•                      • From I-70 westbound to northbound Illinois 4 to westbound Illinois 143 to southbound I-55 to southbound I-55/70

•                      • Westbound I-70 to westbound I-270 will remain open.

This stage of work is necessary to make pavement repairs and is expected to be completed by July 23.

This stage of work is part of a larger project that will include many additional lane closures. The times and locations of future closures will be announced as the project continues. The entire project is expected to be completed by November.

Drivers may experience delays when traveling through the work zone. Drivers are urged to reduce speed, be alert for changing conditions, obey all construction signage, and refrain from using mobile devices while approaching and traveling through the work zone.

The contractor on this project is Kilian Corp. of Mascoutah.

For IDOT District 8 updates, go to Twitter at @IDOTDistrict8 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.

 

Illinois 161 bridge maintenance begins June 24

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois 161 over Wilken Lake and the Shoal Creek Overflow, just east of Germantown, will be restricted to one lane beginning Thursday, June 24, weather permitting.

Traffic in each direction will be maintained using flaggers and/or temporary traffic signals to complete cleaning and painting of the structures and is expected to be completed by early August.

Motorists should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

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