) — The Illinois Department of Transportation
(IDOT) announced in a press release Friday that due to the closure of Interstate 255 for multiple phases of road construction, motorists should prepare for longer commute times and traffic pattern changes.
While the close is not officially official until 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 1, it shouldn’t be too late to begin preparations for planning alternative routes, which you can do by accessing the project website
The first phase of I-255’s repairs to its crumbling infrastructure between Interstate 64 and the Interstate 55/70 interchange will last roughly five months.
Interstate 64 and the 55/70 interchange will serve as primary detours, but additional alternative routes including Illinois Routes 3, 15, 157, 158, 159 and 161, as well as the utilization of public transportation and off-peak hours travel, are encouraged as well.
IDOT will closely monitor traffic conditions during the first few days of the closure and will post additional signage and control devices as necessary.
The overall project involves rehab and resurfacing seven miles of I-255 in two sections from Collinsville Road to Illinois Route 15 separated by I-64, significant bridge repairs, safety improvements and drainage upgrades.
The northern section north of I-64 is slated to be completed this summer, while the other section will last much longer between I-64 and Illinois Route 15.
The closure of I-255 to all traffic will allow for necessary repairs to be completed quicker, safer and more cost-effective.
The project is among the first covered by Gov. JB Pritzker’s capital program Rebuild Illinois.