IDOT suspends non-emergency road work
Aims to improve traffic flow over Labor Day weekend
SPRINGFIELD – With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation will suspend nonemergency road work where possible to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
IDOT is also providing advance notice of lane closures that will be in place for the holiday week to aid motorists’ travel plans and boost safety.
“Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last weekend of summer travel for motorists and we want to help ensure it’s a safe one,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “All nonemergency road work, wherever possible, will be suspended during the Labor Day weekend to allow Illinois families and visitors traveling on our roadways a smooth ride with reduced roadway congestion and improved safety.”
Starting at 3 p.m. Friday IDOT will suspend all nonemergency road work for the holiday week and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Monday. Some construction zones will have lane closures in effect, depending on the projects.
IDOT is urging motorists to slow down, obey posted speed limits and drive with caution through work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they are posted, even where no construction workers are present.
• I-55 over the Des Plaines River near Channahon (south of Interstate 80) – one lane closed in each direction. Expect long elays. Please use alternate route if possible.
• Weber Road, at Renwick Road – one lane open in each direction.
• U.S. 59 at Andrew Road and Pasquinelli Drive in Plainfield (SB & NB only) has one lane and one left turn lane that is open to traffic. The inside lane is permanently closed until September 2013.
In Livingston County, Illinois 116, at the east edge of Pontiac, has one lane closed for bridge repairs. Traffic is controlled by signals.
For more information on road closures, visit www.dot.il.gov/tpublic.html/road.