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Major Rehab for I-255 begins in early 2020

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that one of its first projects under the Rebuild Illinois capital plan will be a complete overhaul of a crumbling section of I-255 early in 2020. Because the road has deteriorated so badly, the rebuilding effort will require a full closure of seven miles, in two separate sections, over 10 months, allowing the project to be finished more quickly, safely and with fewer taxpayer dollars.

 "As Metro East drivers know too well, I-255 was neglected for far too long - and repairing it is a massive undertaking that IDOT will complete as quickly and safely as possible for those who rely on this roadway," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "As one of the first projects of the historic bipartisan 'Rebuild Illinois' effort, this is also one of the worst roads in the system today. We'll be holding public meetings to keep residents informed of the plan and our progress. We look forward to a day when people feel good about driving on I-255 again."

By closing I-255, the project will be completed in 10 months instead of four years that would be necessary if construction was staged. Additionally, the project will cost $64 million, or about $14 million less in taxpayer dollars than completing the work in multiple phases. Closing the interstate also reduces the safety risk to workers and motorists by eliminating live traffic moving through an active construction site.

The project consists of rehabilitating and resurfacing approximately 7 miles of I-255 from Collinsville Road to Illinois 15 in two sections separated by Interstate 64, with significant bridge repairs, safety improvements and drainage upgrades. Work will start on the northern section in the first months of the year with a full closure of I-255 in both directions between I-64 and Collinsville Road for approximately five months.

Once the section north of Interstate 64 is finished, construction will shift to the section between I-64 and Illinois 15, again requiring a full closure of the work zone in both directions for approximately five months. The entire project wraps up in late fall.

To inform the public about the project and potential alternative routes during construction, IDOT will be hosting three public meetings:

    Oct. 16, Caseyville Community Center, 909 S. Main St., Caseyville, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Oct. 22, Clyde C. Jordan Center, 6755 Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, East St. Louis, 3 to 6 p.m.
    Nov.  7, Wirth/Parks Middle School, 1900 Mousette Lane, Cahokia, 4 to 7 p.m.

For news on this and other projects in IDOT's District 8, follow @IDOTDistrict8 on Twitter.

10/11/2019 4:49 PM (Updated 10/11/2019 9:47 PM)
Wanted: Snowplow drivers to join the IDOT team
Temporary help needed across state for snow and ice removal

The Illinois Department of Transportation today renewed its call for qualified individuals to step forward and apply for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal across the state. Through the department's annual "snowbird" program, temporary snowplow drivers are hired every year on a full-time and on-call basis.
"Snowbirds are a critical part of our overall effort to clear roads and keep Illinois moving during snow-and-ice season," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "Not only does the job perform an essential public service and ensure safe travel, but it's a great way to earn extra money during the winter months."
Snowbirds are required to promptly respond to emerging weather situations for snow-and-ice removal and stay prepared to work in emergency conditions at any time, including nights, weekends and holidays.
Applicants must have a commercial driver's license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required. Veterans are encouraged to apply. In rural areas, farmers and agricultural workers have historically filled out the snowbird ranks. 
Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. For additional information, including on positions and the application process in specific districts, details on pay and the potential for benefits, please click here.
A short animation video on the snowbird program is available on IDOT's YouTube channel.
Follow IDOT on Twitter at on construction and traffic information are available at
9/24/2019 7:08 PM (Updated 9/25/2019 12:04 AM)
Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)

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