IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work to Improve Traffic Flow During Holiday Weekend

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible this weekend 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.

“Memorial Day weekend historically marks the unofficial start of summer, with thousands of motorists expected to hit the road, joining family and friends in commemorative festivities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “To reduce potential roadway congestion, improve safety and traffic flow, IDOT is suspending all non-emergency roadwork where possible and also providing a list of lane closures in advance to help motorists plan their trips.”

Starting at 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency road work for the holiday weekend and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Monday, May 28. 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:

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

IL 92 over I-280. One lane open in each direction at the I-280 interchange as the bridges carrying IL 92 over I-280 are replaced.

I-280 over the Mississippi River. I-280 has one lane open in each direction as the Mississippi River Bridge is rehabilitated.

I-280, from IL 92 to Airport Road at Milan; one lane open in each direction with traffic using eastbound lanes as bridges on westbound lanes are being removed and replaced.

HENDERSON COUNTY

IL 94 will have one lane open and controlled by signals at two locations for bridge work.  Location 1 is 0.25 miles north of Stronghurst. Location 2 is 2.8 miles north of Stronghurst.

Carmen Road will be reduced to one lane controlled by traffic signals for bridge replacement. Location is 2.3 miles north of IL 96 intersection.

KNOX COUNTY

US 150 (Main St.), between Garfield Ave. and Academy St. in Galesburg is closed for bridge and roadway construction. Traffic is routed along posted detour.

US 150, 6.3 miles north of US 34 in Galesburg; bridge reconstruction; one lane will be open and controlled by signals.