Metro-East News

Look for lane closures on I-64 later this month

Road crews will soon patch and resurface Interstate 64 from Illinois 157 to Green Mount Road. Most of the work will be done at night to minimize delays for commuters.

The work is scheduled to begin Aug. 31. The project had been slated to begin earlier this month but was delayed.

What are the planned lane closures?

During peak rush hour times, all three lanes of the highway will be open in the morning for westbound lanes and in the evening for eastbound commuters, according to Joe Gasaway, supervisory field engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

At other times, only one or two lanes will be open.

When will the project end?

Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

What kind of work is planned?

Patching and two types of resurfacing. Part of the roadway will be repaired with a 2-inch asphalt overlay and part of the highway will get a micro resurfacing, or a thin coating of asphalt to extend the life of the pavement, Gasaway said.

The 2-inch resurfacing will be on I-64 from Illinois 157 to Illinois 159. The micro resurfacing will be on the section from Illinois 159 to Green Mount Road and this will be the first part of the project.

Work will be conducted on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Crews will first work on the section from Illinois 159 to Green Mount Road.

How much will it cost?

The Kilian Corp. of Mascoutah won the contract for $7.5 million.

Contact reporter Mike Koziatek at or 618-239-2502. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKoziatekBND.