Energy Police prepare for heavy traffic at Route 148 closure - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Energy Police prepare for heavy traffic at Route 148 closure

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- A portion of Route 148 in Energy remains closed, causing some traffic issues for residents and law enforcement. 

"I mean its an inconvenience for a couple days, but I think we'll get through it without a problem," said Mike Bird. 

Bird lives on College Street in Energy, one of the suggested alternative routes. The highway closed Friday evening so construction crews could replace a collapsed culvert under the five lane highway. While the closure is an inconvenience, Bird understands why it was necessary. 

However, one local business owner says the closure hurt his business on what should have been a busy Mother's Day weekend. 

Bill Schemonia hoped drivers would pull off the highway to buy some flowers, but he says the road closure made business slow this weekend. 

"It was disappointing, but we'll be alright. We had to drop the price and get rid of what we have," said Schemonia. 

Energy Police Chief, Shane Ladd, says Monday is expected to be worse than the weekend. He says he's worried about the increased traffic on side streets and the dangers it may cause. 

"Monday is our biggest concern and was at the outset of the project. We will have multiple officers on duty and down and around the area to try and get people rerouted," said Chief Ladd. 

Ladd says the department hasn't seen any major issues other than a few fender benders and a handful of written warnings. Work on Route 148 road is expected to be completed early Tuesday morning. Police encourage drivers to be patient Monday and plan ahead. 

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