Area roads reopen as flood waters recede

News-DemocratJune 13, 2013 

Area roads closed by Mississippi River flooding continue to reopen as the waters recede.

The Illinois Department of Transportation began work at 9 a.m. Thursday to reopen all lanes of U.S. 67 in Alton.

The job will require the temporary closure of southbound U.S. 67 on the Clark Bridge. The road has been limited to one lane in each direction by the Mississippi River flooding.

"The most recent river forecasts suggest area rivers will continue to recede, IDOT spokesman Joseph Monroe said in a release. "The District is presently clearing and inspecting areas where flood waters no longer impact pavement. However, due to the amount and size of the debris, location of flood walls, presence of temporary access roads, and the need to thoroughly inspect roadways and structures which were inundated, the district anticipates closed highways to gradually reopen throughout the week, provided no additional significant rainfall is received within the next 48 hours."

The Brussels Ferry; Illinois 100 from Illinois 3 at Grafton to Kampsville; Kaskaskia Street in Chester; and the Illinois 3 By-Pass in Randolph County remain closed.

As of Thursday morning, the river had fallen to 31.6 feet at St. Louis, about 10 feet lower than its crest. It is expected to fall below 30 feet -- which is the threshold for minor flood stage -- by Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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