Route 3 reopens at Jackson/Randolph County line - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Route 3 reopens at Jackson/Randolph County line

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UPDATED 4:42 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2019

Tuesday morning, dozens of workers with IDOT and the Cora Levee District joined inmates and volunteers to take down the floodgate at the Cora levee. 

By noon, Route 3 at the Jackson/Randolph County line was finally back open after being closed for 68 days.  

Volunteer Neil Hines told News 3 this was the second time this year they had to install and take down the gate. 

"It definitely gets old doing this. We put it in once, took it out once, put it in again. So this will be our second time taking it out this year," said Hines. 

Before workers were even off the pavement, drivers were edging their way through. Despite the small population in the bottoms, Route 3 is heavily traveled. 

IDOT Operations Engineer Keith Miley estimates that when the gate is open, several thousand drivers take this route every day. 

There was, at times, four or five feet of water on the road. So naturally we get the accumulation of drift wood and trash and sediment, so it does take some time to get that cleaned off," said Miley. 

After the road was cleaned, it was inspected, but so far, only minor damage has been found. 

Hines says he'd like to see the road just go over the levee because this hard work is becoming more common. 

"It would be ideal, because this thing wasn't made to be put in and out every year, multiple times a year," said Hines. 

Route 3 remains closed further south in Alexander County due to flooding there. IDOT will continue to monitor the water levels to determine when it is safe to reopen that part of the roadway.

ORIGINAL STORY

JACKSON CO. (WSIL) -- Route 3 at the Jackson/Randolph County line will reopen sooner than expected.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says Route 3 between IL 151 and Chester will now reopen at noon. On Monday, IDOT told News 3 crews were working to have the road reopen by later in the day Tuesday. 

Route 3 has been closed at the Cora levee since early May due to flooding. 
 

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