- Kent Casson
I-55 bridge work begins Monday
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction on Interstate 55 in McLean County begins April 18.
The project involves repairs to the bridges over Turkey Creek at Lexington and U.S. 24 at Chenoa. Beginning April 18, the right lanes in both directions of I-55 will close and a barrier wall will be placed. The closures are necessary for a bridge deck overlay and substructure repairs, with work expected to be complete by Sept. 1, when construction will shift to the left lanes.
The project is expected to wrap up in December. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,500 miles of highway and 9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation.
Accomplishments through Year Two included approximately $5.2 billion of improvements statewide on 3,020 miles of highway, 270 bridges and 428 additional safety improvements.