Metro-East News

IDOT will close two major highways all weekend in the metro-east

Two area highways are scheduled to be closed during the upcoming weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation said.

Parts of Interstate 270 and Interstate 55/70 are scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

Following last weekend’s closure of eastbound lanes, IDOT plans to shut down westbound lanes of I-270 during the upcoming weekend to carry out pavement work, the agency said.

More than 11 miles of the highway is slated to be closed from the I-55/70/270 interchange near Troy to Illinois 3.

IDOT plans a more than 24-mile detour by having vehicles take westbound I-55/70 to northbound Interstate 255 to westbound New Poag Road to southbound Illinois 3 to access westbound I-270.

Roughly seven miles of eastbound I-55/70 also is scheduled to be closed from the I-55/70/64 interchange in East St. Louis to I-255 in Collinsville.

IDOT plans to have a nearly nine-mile detour and have traffic travel on eastbound I-64 to northbound I-255 to access eastbound I-55/70.

Workers are scheduled to make bridge repairs on a bridge west of Illinois 203, perform pavement repairs on I-55/70 and paint two bridges.

The right lane of eastbound I-55/70 will be restricted from Black Lane to I-255 near Collinsville from 9 p.m. Thursday through Friday to prepare for the closure.