Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
Construction to Stop for Holiday Weekend
WSIL -- Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year and the Illinois Department of Transportation is getting out of the way.
Crews will suspend road work and clear out of construction zones to make for an easier commute this weekend.
"The contractor has to be off the road and cannot return until Monday morning," said IDOT spokesperson Bruce Peebles.
Each contractor hired by the department must sign a provision to shut down work for the holiday weekend. The provision isn't just a signal for crews to go home, it means getting rid of anything blocking lanes.
"They will remove lane restrictions, lane closures and try to present the least impact to the motoring public," explained Peebles.
Fourth of July is the deadliest travel days of the year. In Illinois, 58 people were killed in accidents over the past five years.
"With the high traffic volumes this will also reduces the potential for injury to our workers," said Peebles.
Lane shifts will remain in effect in only two locations in Southern Illinois, at the I-57 and Route 13 interchange in Marion, and in Murphysboro.
"On Route 13 with the Big Muddy River Bridge project, those lane shifts will be in place and traffic control will remain up," said Peebles.
IDOT officials want drivers to remember that lower work zone speed limits are still in place, even when workers are not on site.
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