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Multiple interstate projects underway in deep Southern Illinois

Entering year four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation says major projects are planned or underway to modernize and improve Interstates 24 and 57 in Southern Illinois.

Ten major projects on both interstates combined represent a total investment of more than $350 million.

Of the 10 projects, two of them are scheduled to be completed in 2022 and the remaining eight to be completed in 2024 through 2028. Once everything is completed, 29 miles of I-57 will have been widened to three lanes in each direction while 35 miles of I-24 will be resurfaced.

  • Interstate 57, mileposts 63-66, expansion to six lanes and replacement of bridges over Pond Creek began last summer and anticipated to be completed this fall. Traffic impact is low.
  • I-57, mileposts 66-75, expansion to six lanes and replacement of bridges over the Big Muddy River began this spring and anticipated to be completed in 2025. Nighttime lane closures are anticipated.
  • I-57, mileposts 75-85, expansion to six lanes and replacement of bridges over Marcum Branch and Gun Creek begins in 2025 and anticipated to be completed in 2028. Nighttime lane closures are anticipated.
  • I-57, mileposts 85-92, expansion to six lanes and replacement of structures over Dodds Creek begins in 2023 and is anticipated to be completed in 2025. Nighttime lane closures are anticipated.
  • I-57/64 at Illinois 15 interchange reconstruction is anticipated to begin in 2025. Nighttime lane closures are anticipated.
  • Interstate 24 resurfacing and bridge repairs, mileposts 23-35, in Massac County began in 2021 and is anticipated to be completed later this year. Expect traffic delays between U.S. 45 interchange and the Ohio River.
  • I-24 resurfacing and bridge repairs, mileposts 13-23, in Johnson County began this spring and anticipated to be completed in 2023. Lane closures are anticipated.
  • I-24 bridge replacement, milepost 27.5, in Massac County begins in 2023 and anticipated to be completed in 2024. Traffic will utilize a crossover configuration.
  • I-24 bridge deck and bridge painting on the Ohio River Bridge in Massac County begins in 2025 and anticipated to be completed in 2027. Traffic delays are expected.
  • I-24 resurfacing and bridge repairs, mileposts 0-13, in Johnson and Williamson counties begins in 2024 and anticipated to be completed in 2025. Lane closures are anticipated.

“These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in southern Illinois and all across the state,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman.

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

PHOTO:  Gov. JB Pritzker at a Rebuild Illinois press conference in 2019. File.

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