I-64 lanes expected to reopen Monday; I-55-70 westbound closes this weekend

News-DemocratSeptember 20, 2013 

The shutdown lanes of eastbound Interstate 64 in East St. Louis are expected to be reopened as anticipated at 9 a.m. Monday, according to the project's supervisor.

The lanes were closed between I-55-70 and 25th Street on Sept. 13 to allow state highway workers to repave the interstate to connect with the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Traffic is being detoured eastbound on I-55-70, then southbound on I-255 until connecting to I-64.

John Scheibal, of the Illinois Department of Transportation, is the supervising field engineer for the project. Scheibal said there have been minimal complaints from commuters and many found alternate routes.

"Everything has run smoothly except for rush hour, but there's only so much you can do there," Scheibal said. "For the most part every time I've been out there, which has been several times, traffic has run at speed limit or close to it. Unless it's rush hour, it's been pretty good."

The closed lanes on I-64 and the lanes that will be closed on I-55-70 this weekend will be reopened Monday morning, according to Scheibal.

"The project is still going as planned," Scheibal said Friday. "Hopefully, the rain will get out of here pretty quick, but we've got all the major things completed."

Even an unexpected downpour would not delay the project, Scheibal said. In the worst-case scenario, Scheibal said highway workers would temporary stripe the resurfaced roads for traffic.

The westbound lanes of I-55-70 will be closed from Illinois 203 to the I-55-70-64 split in East St. Louis beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. The road closure is due to the resurfacing of lanes in that stretch of highway.

"We will be redoing all the westbound lanes similar to the eastbound lanes completed a couple weeks ago," Scheibal said. "The lanes will be resurfaced, restriped and opened up to I-55 to the final configuration for the (Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge)."

Westbound traffic will be allowed west of Illinois 203 during the closure. All traffic will be detoured southbound on I-255 to westbound on I-64, then westbound on I-55-70.

Contact reporter Daniel Kelley at dkelley@bnd.com or 618-239-2501.

Contact reporter Daniel Kelley at dkelley@bnd.com or 618-239-2501.

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