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Construction will reduce lanes on part of Illinois 161 until May, IDOT says

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Nearly 5 miles of Illinois 161 in St. Clair County will be reduced to one-lane traffic in each direction until May, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced Monday.

Construction will reduce the state route from Dutch Hollow Road to Illinois 159 beginning Thursday, a news release from the agency stated. Crews will be working on repairing pavement. The project is scheduled to run until the end of May, weather permitting.

Flaggers will be used to maintain two-way traffic at all times, the release stated. IDOT advised that drivers should expect delays and allow extra time for trips through the area, and to avoid the area and use alternate routes when it’s feasible. Construction details can be found on IDOT’s traveler information map online.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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