Metro-East News

Part of I-55/70 to close over the weekend

The Illinois Department of Transportation is planning a full closure of westbound Interstate 55/70 from Illinois 203 to the Interstate 55/70/64 split, in East St. Louis, the agency said.

Work is scheduled to begin, Friday, July 21 weather permitting, as workers perform bridge repairs over the B&O Railroad tracks.

Starting at 9 p.m. Friday, westbound I-55/70 is set to be closed from Illinois 203 to I-55/70/64. A posted detour will direct traffic to take southbound Interstate 255 to westbound Interstate 64 to access westbound I-55 or I-70. Westbound I-55/70 traffic will not be able to travel west of Illinois 203.

The highway is expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, July 24.