IDOT wants you to stay safe in work zones
The Illinois Department of Transportation is offering tips for drivers on how to get around while construction continues on the Poplar Street Bridge.
IDOT announced lane closures on the eastbound bridge for bridge repairs last week. The heaviest congestion is on Interstate 64 approaching the Mississippi River and on the eastbound I-44 and northbound I-55 ramp to the bridge between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., a news release from the agency stated.
Commuters who are able to telecommute, shift their traffic hours, use MetroLink or use the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, McKinley Bridge or the I-255/270 river bridges around the region have been encouraged to do so, the release stated.
The bridge repairs are on the bridges just to the east of the Poplar Street Bridge in Illinois, according to the release. To complete the work, two lanes are closed eastbound across the Poplar Street Bridge. In Missouri, one lane is closed on the ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge, and one lane is closed just after the entrance ramp from 6th Street onto the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge. In addition, the ramp from Marion to eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 is closed.
The work is expected to continue until early July.