SPRINGFIELD - With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways during the Labor Day holiday, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that non-emergency road work will be suspended where possible to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures that will be in place for the holiday weekend to aid motorists’ travel plans and boost safety.
“Driving zero roadway fatalities to reality is IDOT’s goal. During the Labor Day holiday, we will again suspend all non-emergency road work on state roadways, where possible, to improve traffic flow and to kick-start the heavily traveled weekend,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “To reduce potential roadway congestion and improve safety, we are also providing a list of lane closures on our website, with a breakdown by county, to help motorists plan their trips.”
Starting at 3 p.m. Friday Aug. 31, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency road work for the holiday and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Monday Sept. 4. Some construction zones will have lane closures in effect, depending on the projects.
IDOT is urging motorists to slow down, obey posted speed limits and drive with caution through work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they are posted, even where no construction workers are present.
Following are locations where permanent lane closures remain in place:
IL 160 over Branch Lake Creek, located 2.2 miles south of Trenton; structure replacement; one lane open and controlled by traffic signal.
US 50 over unnamed stream, located 0.6 miles west of Ferrin Road; structure replacement; one lane is open and controlled by traffic signals.
IL 162 over I-55/70 at Troy. At least one lane and turn lanes will be open in each direction during work to complete reconstruction of interchange.
IL 159, from S. Morrison to Church St. in Collinsville; one lane open in each direction for work to widen IL 159 to five lanes.
IL 140/111 in Alton will have lane restriction in east and westbound directions at intersection with Fosterburg Road. Two through lanes will remain open in each direction.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY
9th St. will be closed to all traffic from St. Clair Ave. to Baugh Ave. in E. St. Louis; bridge replacement carrying 9th Street over I-64. Detour will be in place while the 9th St. bridge is being reconstructed.
10th St. over I-64 will be removed and closed to traffic from St. Clair Ave. to Baugh Ave. in E. St. Louis. 9th St., when completed, will become two-way traffic in order to continue flow from St. Clair Ave. to Baugh Ave. in East St. Louis. A detour will be in place while the 9th St. bridge is being reconstructed.
Packers Ave. will be closed from St. Clair Ave./IL 3 to Exchange Ave. in E. St. Louis to allow construction of Relocated I-70, from 1st St. to Industrial Ave. in E. St. Louis and Fairmont City.
IL 3 will be closed at Union Pacific Railroad and Prairie DuPont Canal overpass, between Cahokia and Dupo to completely replace the structure.
IL 15 over IL 13, located 1.4 miles east of IL 159 near Belleville; bridge replacement; one lane open in each direction.
Ramp from westbound I-55/70 to northbound IL 3 will be closed to all traffic in E. St. Louis. Detour will be in place while ramp is being reconstructed.
Ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-70 and northbound I-55 will be closed to all traffic in E. St. Louis; detour will be in place while ramp is being reconstructed.
IL 161 over Silver Creek, located 2.2 miles east of IL 158 near Mascoutah, will have one lane controlled by traffic signals to repair the structure.
IL 4 over Little Mud Creek, located 2.3 miles south of IL 15, has one lane controlled by traffic signals to repair the structure.