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All lanes of eastbound I-55/70 to close in Madison County, IDOT says

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IDOT wants you to slow down and eliminate distractions while driving through work zones.

All lanes of eastbound Interstate 55/70 will close for the weekend from Illinois 111 near Fairmont City to U.S. 40 near Troy.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the lane closures on Monday, saying that its necessary so crews can resurface the roadway. In a news release, the agency said the closure is scheduled from Friday, Sept. 13, to 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16.

A posted detour will direct traffic to take eastbound I-64 to northbound I-255 to eastbound I-270 to access eastbound I-70 and northbound I-55, according to IDOT.

IDOT encouraged drivers to take the posted detour throughout the weekend closure and to allow extra time for all trips in and throughout the surrounding area.

“Please be patient, reduce speed, be alert for changing conditions, obey all construction signage and refrain from using mobile devices while approaching and traveling through the detour area,” the release stated.

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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