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I-255 in Metro East to reopen Saturday after months of reconstruction

I-255 in Metro East to reopen Saturday after months of reconstruction

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY — The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to reopen Interstate 255 in the Metro East on Saturday, one month ahead of schedule.

The $67 million project began in February to rehabilitate and resurface seven miles of the interstate. Construction stretched from Illinois Route 15 at its south end to Old Collinsville Road at its north end. The north section closed Feb. 1 and reopened in July. The south section closed in mid-June. It was initially slated to be finished by Nov. 25.

Closing the highway in both directions allowed for a shorter construction timetable: 10 months instead of four years, saving an estimated $14 million, officials said. The reconstruction of what officials called a "badly deteriorated section" of Interstate 255 was one of the first projects of the Rebuild Illinois initiative.

Paul Wappel, a spokesman with IDOT, said closing both directions during the project also made the job safer. There were no injuries on the project, he said. "We removed motorists from the work zone," he said. "This went very well, and we may do this in other parts of the state."

Wappel warns motorists to travel with care Saturday because workers will be there throughout the day, picking up traffic controls and moving barricades and barrels.

Illinois Department of Transportation

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