IDOT to close on lane on approach Poplar Street Bridge Monday - KMOV.com

IDOT to close on lane on approach Poplar Street Bridge Monday

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EAST ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced they would be closing one westbound lane on Interstate Highway 55 and Interstate Highway 64. 

The closure will be between 3rd Street and Tudor Avenue approaching the Poplar Street Bridge in East St. Louis. Weather permitting, IDOT will temporarily close the westbound left lane of I-55/64 to install pavement markings to prepare for the closing of the right lane. Once the preparations are completed, the right lane will close later in the day and remain closed through November of this year. 

Intermittent closures of all westbound lanes are expected during the overnight hours on March 2 between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. The closures will happen in 15 minute periods, during which crews will remove existing overhead sign structures associated with the project. 

After the work in the right lane is complete, IDOT will begin the next stage of their project, which will be working on the left lane. The left lane will be closed from November 2016 through the Spring of 2017. 

The work, IDOT said, is necessary to build a new ramp that will connect eastbound traffic from the Martin Luther King Bridge to the westbound I-55/64 lanes. 

Drivers are encouraged to plan accordingly and use alternate routes, including routes along the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge or the Martin Luther King Bridge. 

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