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Another major highway closure this weekend in Metro East

Complete closure of I-55/70 begins Aug. 13

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces a complete weekend closure of the southbound/westbound lanes of Interstate 55/70 between I-270 and Illinois 159, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, weather permitting.

The stretch lies between Troy and Maryville.

This southbound/westbound section of roadway will be completely closed to traffic for the weekend. It will be reopened to traffic at 6 am Monday, Aug. 16. The detour route for this closure is as follows:

·     From I-55 southbound or I-70 westbound, proceed to I-270 westbound to I-255 southbound to I-55/70 southbound/westbound.

·     The northbound/eastbound direction of I-55/70 will remain open.

This stage of work is necessary to build a new asphalt surface and is expected to be completed by Aug. 16.

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 on alternate routes in this area during the closure. 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 closure area.

 

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