Flooding Forces Road Closures In Illinois

COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS – June 1, 2013 — The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the closures of IL Route 96/100 in Kampsville and IL 100 through Hardin – both in Calhoun County, IL 100 in Grafton between IL 16 and IL 3, Kaskaskia Street in Chester, and the IL 3 By-Pass in Randolph County. Also, the Brussels Ferry and IL 96 @ Mozier remain closed. Detours have been implemented to circumvent each closure.

Within the next 24 hours, the NWS River Forecasts indicate additional closures may be required. The roadways likely to be impacted within this period include: IL 3 in Grafton – Jersey County, IL 3 from Mary’s River through Rockwood – Randolph County, IL 155 near Prairie du Rocher – Randolph County, and IL 100 between Kampsville and Pearl. In addition, the IL 100 closure in Jersey County may be extended in each direction due to the rising water.

The Department will continue monitoring State roadways in the Counties of Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Madison, and Randolph throughout the upcoming week. Flooding has required closure of State Highways and Ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.

Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas. Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region – as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.

Since this is a very dynamic situation, please see the Department’s website, http://www.dot.il.gov/road/closures.txt , for the latest information on roadway closures throughout Illinois. Detailed information on the Metro East is also available at http://www.stl-traffic.org/ .

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