By TESA GLASS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Delays in the Interstates 57/64 construction area are expected to continue through at least Nov. 15 as crews work to complete the expansion project.
According to Illinois Department of Transportation District 9 Construction Engineer Doug Helfrich, those traveling on I-57 southbound and I-64 east bound will be reduced to using one lane as crews work to pour a bridge deck. In addition, motorists going north and south on I-57 will experience lane reductions in the northern section of the expansion project for patching.
The lanes are expected to be opened again by Nov. 15.
“There might still be some patching programs going on in different sections after that,” Helfrich said.
The congestion on the interstates has prompted a large amount of traffic on Illinois Route 37 as well.
The IDOT recommended detour through the project in Jefferson County for those on I-57 is to take Illinois Route 37 to the Dix exit, or from Dix to the Ina exit. For those going from I-57 north to (64 west, IDOT recommends taking I-57 exit 77 at Sesser, going west on Illinois Route 154 west to Illinois Route 51 north and pick up I-64 west in Richview.
“We know there is some resurfacing going on in District 8 on Illinois Route 51,” Helfrich said. “But, we haven’t heard of any complications on the alternate routes.”
Helfrich said the project through Mt. Vernon, which will increase the number of lanes on I-57/I-64 from four lanes to six lanes, is still expected to be completed on schedule.
“By Dec. 1, all lanes are required to be open and work completed,” Helfrich said.
At this time, all entry and exit ramps onto the interstates are open in Mt. Vernon.