Southbound Closure of I-57 on June 3, 2021

This press release was received from IDOT on June 3, 2021.

Southbound I-57 in Kankakee County to close June 3

OTTAWA - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the southbound lanes of Interstate 57 in Kankakee County will be closed overnight on Thursday, June 3, to accommodate  the removal of the Otto Road (5000S) bridge deck. The closure, weather permitting, is between exits 302 and 308.

Southbound I-57 will close at 9 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. on Friday, June 4. A detour will direct motorists to exit I-57 at exit 308 and use U.S. 45 and 52 to Chebanse Road (Iroquois County Highway 37) to re-enter I-57 at exit 302.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area and be prepared for slow and stopped traffic. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

The work is part of a $20,058,764 project to replace the Otto Road bridge deck, improve I-57 from the Kankakee River to the Iroquois County line, and work on the River Road bridge over I-57 in Kankakee. Kankakee Valley Construction Company Inc. of Kankakee and Gallagher Asphalt Co. of Thornton are the joint venture contractors. Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve 2,779 miles of highway and 7.9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges and 228 additional safety improvements.

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