IDOT closes both lanes of Route 3 in parts of Alexander County

ALEXANDER COUNTY– The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed both lanes of Route 3 from the intersection at Route 146 down to Gale in Alexander County because of flooding.

Keith Miley, IDOT operations engineer,  recommends drivers use Route 127 north to Jonesboro, then west on Route 146 to Route 3 at Ware.

One lane of Route 3 will remain open north of Route 146 providing access to Cape Girardeau.

They recently reduced portions of Route 3 to a one way because of rising back water from the Mississippi River.

IDOT says the lane will stay closed until floodwaters recede around the roadway. For more information on road closures in the area, visit or call District 9 Communications at 618-351-5248