Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 19, 2013

Interstate construction project enters next stage

Nicole dominique Daily News
Effingham Daily News

---- — A five-year interstate 57/70 construction project has begun entering the next stage.

Construction was slated to begin Monday on rebuilding the exit and entrance ramps at Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue, which will cause some temporary changes in traffic patterns.

In an effort to get this phase done as quickly as possible, marked detours will be utilized to divert exiting interstate ramp traffic over the Fayette Avenue and Keller Drive interchanges.

This means that motorists will need to be cautious and attentive during construction.

Illinois Department of Transportation advises motorists to slow down and follow signs and message boards. While access to both interchanges will remain open throughout the process, IDOT recommends finding an alternative route whenever possible.

The construction is part of a four-phase project to improve and expand the two interstates, said Bob Utz, IDOT construction engineer for the Effingham area.“We’re hoping this phase is done before Memorial Day,” he said.

Nicole Dominique can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, or at nicole.dominique@effinghamdailynews.com.