Monday, Dec 9, 2013
More Construction Along Route 13 in Marion
MARION -- More construction work is under way in Marion causing more headaches for drivers and businesses. Officials say the construction work will close Russell Street south of Route 13 until Friday evening.
Construction along Route 13 is a scene travelers are becoming used too. And every time a road is closed, drivers and businesses get concerned.
"When we got here at the stop light, all of the sudden you couldn't turn. We wasn't sure where to go. So we detoured and had to go past it and we worked our way back in but it was sort of confusing," says McLeansboro resident Patricia Wellen.
IDOT crews are spending the week replacing the concrete and finishing road work on a third lane that extends to Route 37.
"We are widening the road and we're widening the radii so that it's better able to accommodate trucks," explains IDOT engineer Aaron Hayes.
Businesses like Rural King depend on the main streets to be open because when closed, business slows down.
"Everybody is used to coming through the main route through Russel Street but now they're going to have to take side streets to get here, which kind of confines us and has to make us watch more," says Rural King cashier Katie Shea.
Wellen doesn't mind traveling from McLeansboro to do her shopping but she says she'll be glad when work is completed. In the meantime she would like to see more signs up.
"We just use the same route. We're not from here, we don't know how to come in any other way," says Wellen.
IDOT engineers are urging people to drive slowly and safely and to pay attention to the message boards. Next week crews will close the North side Russell Street at Route 13.
"We will update which lanes are closed and which turn lanes are closed through the message boards," says Hayes.
Officials say once the north and south sides of Russell are complete, they'll continue constructing new lanes along Route 13 from Russell Street to Route 37. The project will be completed in 4 to 5 weeks.
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