MT. VERNON — Illinois Department of Transportation officials have announced the I-57/I-64 construction project is in the final phase, and work is expected to be completed by the beginning of December as originally scheduled.
E.T. Simonds, the contractor for this project, is constructing the final phase of the northbound and southbound lanes of I-57/I-64 on the south end of the project, according to an IDOT news release.
The northbound and southbound lanes on the south end of the project are currently reduced to one lane. These lane reductions are expected to continue for approximately one month and were put in place at this time according to the lower traffic count for the area. Alternate routes for the area are expected to be re-installed by the end this week.
According to the release, the next portion of the project is Phase 4, which involves removing the southbound center lane and the northbound passing and driving lanes, and replacing them with new continuously reinforced concrete PCC pavement. Pavement removal, dirt work, stabilized sub base, tie bars, pavement reinforcement, and constructing the continuously reinforced concrete pavement will also be completed.
This project is located between the tri-level structures of I-57/I-64 in the Mt. Vernon area and consists of rehabilitating the existing lanes of I-57/I-64 and constructing a new third lane to mitigate traffic congestion in the northbound and southbound directions.
During construction, motorists should be aware of lane closures, lane shifts and work zone speed limit reductions.