The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin work Wednesday on a project between Collinsville Middle School and Interstate 255 that will cause intermittent lane closures until mid-summer 2015.
IDOT will widen that portion of Collinsville Road to five lanes, with the fifth lane being a bi-directional turn lane. The turn lane will be used for westbound drivers entering the sports complex. Drivers from both directions will use the new lane to enter business parking lots along the stretch of road between Collinsville Middle School and Interstate 255.
The project also includes widening the shoulders to accommodate bicycles and tearing out and reinstalling the existing sidewalk on the north side of Collinsville Road. IDOT expects the $1.495 million project, funded by IDOT, to be completed no later than June 2015, Kirk Brown, IDOT program development engineer said. A mild winter could mean an earlier completion date.
Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel. IDOT asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and exercise added caution when traveling near and throughout this work zone.