The long-awaited reconstruction of Bunkum Road is scheduled to begin on Monday, the St. Clair County Highway Department said.
Work crews are slated to close off Bunkum Road from Illinois 157 to Black Lane in Caseyville on Monday, said Wayne Sandheinrich, construction engineer for the county.
This portion of the road is expected to be closed about three weeks as crews begin with storm sewer work, Sandheinrich said.
Ultimately the road is slated to be reconstructed from Illinois 111 in Washington Park to Illinois 157 in Caseyville with an asphalt surface. The road surface is currently oil-and-chip and has a lot of truck traffic.
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Curb-and-gutter installation is planned for both ends of the project. The road also will be widened to 24 feet. It currently is 20 to 22 feet wide. There also will be 8-foot shoulders.
Each stage of the project varies in length depending on how workers can get residents in and out of the area with minimal disruption, Sandheinrich added.
The project is expected to go into next year, Sandheinrich said.
Work on Bunkum Road has been planned for four or five years as county officials worked to finalize funding and design of the project, Sandheinrich said.
The project is being carried out by Baxmeyer Construction out of Waterloo for $5.76 million.
“Please avoid the area,” Sandheinrich advised. “If you have no business down there, just go around.”