Highland News Leader

Eastern Madison County road, bridge projects will have motorists seeking detours

Motorists will need to seek out different routes to avoid lane restrictions and closures on several roads in eastern Madison County.

On Monday, one lane of Marine Road over Interstate 70 was closed for repair work. The work, south of Marine, is planned in order to perform a bridge joint replacement, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said. Two-way traffic will be maintained utilizing flaggers, temporary traffic signals, signs and other traffic control devices, according to a news release. The work is expected to be completed by the fall.

IDOT also began work on Monday resurfacing Interstate 70 from Interstate 55 to Prairie Road, near Highland. The work will continue through October, with lane restrictions in place.

Deck replacement of the bridge that takes Illinois Route 4 over Interstate 55 has closed that bridge, making detours necessary. The work, which began recently, requires that westbound Illinois 4 traffic be detoured onto northbound Interstate 55 to New Douglas Road, then back onto Interstate 55, southbound. Eastbound Illinois 4 will go southbound on Interstate 55 to Illinois 140, then northbound on Interstate 55 back to Illinois 4. Work, and detours, are expected to last through the summer.

The first phase of Madison County’s project to improve Staunton Road north of the city of Troy began Tuesday.

Madison County Highway Department officials estimate the Staunton Road project will be completed by the end of June. During the construction process, the section of Staunton Road from Hazel Street at the entrance to St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery to Taylor Lakes Drive will be closed to all traffic. The cemetery and other entrances within the closure area on Staunton Road will be accessible during the roadway construction.

Residents of Taylor Lakes Estates will be required to drive north on Staunton Road when exiting the subdivision. In order to reach Staunton Road north of Taylor Lake Drive, drivers from Troy will be required to go west on Illinois 162, north on Riggin Road and east on Maple Grove Road to Staunton Road.

Madison County Engineer Mark Gvillo said phase one of the Staunton Road project includes a significant number of needed improvements.

“We will be replacing a narrow, oil and chip road with open ditches along the roadway with a paved concrete surface, storm sewers, curb and gutter as well as a shared use path,” Gvillo said. “This project will improve the safety of driving on Staunton Road and will provide pedestrian access from Taylor Lake Estates into Troy. Although the project will temporarily inconvenience people accustomed to taking Staunton Road to get to Troy, the long-term benefits to improving the roadway far outweigh the temporary inconvenience.”