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Wolf Creek overpass set to open in two weeks

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CARTERVILLE -- It won't be long before the Illinois Department of Transportation opens up the Wolf Creek Overpass.

The project began in 2015 to make it safer for drivers turning in and out of intersections.

IDOT Engineers said it will only be about two weeks before drivers can start using the ramps and the overpass. 

"The rain right now shouldn't hurt us too bad," said IDOT Engineer Doug Helfrich. "Most of the paving is complete."

Helfrich said work has wrapped up on the overpass structure itself, but construction workers still have to put the final touches on the frontage road system.

He said the overpass will put an end to the danger of crossing the highway from north to south along Route 13.

"We're adding additional lanes," he said. "It was too dangerous for the traveling public to cross six lanes of traffic and median on Route 13."

Helfrich also warned drivers to need to pay attention to road signs, drive safely and obey all speed limits.

"Even though workers aren't present and if it's during the weekend, you still have to obey the construction speed zone limits and that's just because there's still hazards out there that exist," Helfrich said. 

He estimated the project costed around $26 million.

Weather permitting, the ramps and the overpass could be done by Memorial Day.

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