Work zones could create problems for holiday travelers


Kendall Downing

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. — Heads up if your Memorial Day plans take you through the Land of Lincoln: a number of interstate construction projects are under way. Though IDOT has them on hold for the holiday, you could still get stuck waiting.

Friday afternoon, Illinois State Police reported heavy traffic volume along I-24 and I-57.

IDOT warned drivers to be careful when traveling through work zones this weekend.

One of the areas of concern is the I-57 and Illinois Route 13 interchange in Marion. Crews closed the existing ramps to and from the interstate.

Signs now direct drivers to use the new ramps.

Locals are still getting used to the change but the exit is also a popular stop for many people just passing through the area. That's why IDOT officials said it's crucial that all drivers pay attention.

"People need to be mindful that some of those are permanent or semi-permanent setups, and they can't be removed," said Keith Roberts, an IDOT engineer. "A number of work zone traffic control setups still exist over the weekend."

Another problem area is the I-57 and I-64 interchange in Mt. Vernon. Lane closures there are expected to cause delays with the added holiday traffic. IDOT predicts traveling through that area this weekend could add about a half-hour to your trip.

Work in Illinois construction zones will pick back up the Tuesday after the holiday.