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For the second straight weekend crews will be out closing the right lane westbound at the river bridge.  The closures will begin at 9 this morning and last until the wee hours of early Monday morning.

In short, expect long delays especially during the day on Friday – potentially up to 60 minutes. These were taken last weekend just to jog the memory:

With any construction zone, reduced speed limits and an increased ISP presence is expected. There was a reason why this got shared last night:


Crews will be out this morning almost as soon as the morning peak ends on the westbound lanes, and the right lane will not reopen until the morning peak on Monday.

Expect delays for Friday, especially in the evening peak hour where westbound traffic could back up all the way to 255. Since the westbound lanes are actually in poor shape (complete with that steel plate near the Riverview ramp), the consequences of the crews missing that 5 AM Monday morning deadline can be severe.

Heavier than normal state police enforcement can be expected this weekend, due to the reduced speed limits and because this was posted yesterday:


Apparently the planned roadwork on Tuesday on the westbound lanes did not go to plan.  Around 15:00 crews were reportedly in the process of picking up the restrictions with the evening peak starting.  (I had to get ready to go to work.)  By the time 18:30 break at work came around there was at least one private message mentioning a lot of flat tires, the crews were westbound just west of Riverview dealing with flat tires, and then road crews were back at it on an emergency basis until very late that night.


Image taken from one of the admins is of a notorious problem spot westbound taken in March 2016.  This area is now sporting a steel plate according to our followers.

The potholes have really popped following a run of very cold temperatures earlier this month that was followed up with a nasty freeze-thaw pattern.  The freeze thaw pattern isn’t going away anytime soon and the very recent January thaw lured out the road crews in a big way.  Last week they did westbound lane closures with virtually last minute notice, so we apologize for not getting that message out there.  They did more work on Tuesday which didn’t go to plan.  Now they are turning their focus eastbound:


While the condition of the deck in the eastbound lanes is not as bad as the westbound, there has been at least two spots with potholes in the past few months because I recalled hitting one of them at full speed while heading home from work when I was at my former employer.

The admins do not have recent photos of the alleged potholes. I have not made regular use since I changed employers in October and the other admins don’t take photos unless its an emergency.

The recent January thaw after what was a bitterly cold few weeks may have lured road crews to get a jump on the repairs and as a result late last week IDOT announced at the last minute of lane restrictions on the westbound lanes. More repairs are coming later this morning starting at 09:00 and going to 15:00 for the westbound lanes on the river bridge.

Weather permitting, off-peak lane closures on the river bridge will occur from 09:00 to 15:00 daily from 9/18 to 9/21, as IDOT crews are expected to do more patching.  While delays are expected as soon as you cross the canal bridge, do not be surprised to see delays stretch towards 255.  Expect reduced speed limits, higher police presence enforcing the speed limits, and delays.

Weather permitting, one lane of EB 270 will be closed at the river bridge from 09:00 to 12:00 for IDOT crews to conduct bridge inspections tomorrow. The crews will also be at the Clark Bridge but that will be much later in the day. Expect delays to Lilac.

This comes on the heels of last week unannounced EB 270 lane closure that lasted most of the off peak period.

The following day the evening peak period saw a lot of crews near the canal bridge – while the alleged incident was westbound the outcome was very tragic. Not knowing all the details and respecting privacy the admins are not going into the details.  Prayers are with the family at the time.

The rough week was topped off with an peak hour incident on Friday morning on the westbound lanes west of Riverview that took 40 minutes to clear.

IDOT has confirmed via a press release to what the construction VMS boards were advertising yesterday: a full WB 270 closure from Route 3 to the I-55 interchange in Troy. Crews from Micro-Surfacing Contractors LLC will be out to do the westbound half of 270, which is known to be in even worse shape than eastbound, and the consequences of missing the 05:00 Monday deadline is even worse than eastbound.  (HINT:  crews barely got EB 270 open in time)  The westbound closures are expected to have a much more disruptive effect than eastbound for various reasons, some which are obvious and some of it because of other road work on alternative routes that can come back and haunt IDOT in the event of an epic fail eastbound.

While access to the bridges do remain, it must be done via the back road system:


The best alternate route is New Poag Road, and detours will be marked along 255 and New Poag Road.  The better detour is using a combination of Route 3, New Poag Road, 255, and Route 162, as IDOT has been bold enough to start construction projects on 55/70 and that includes a closure of 55/70 EB from 64 to 255 this weekend as well.  (There is closures on Route 143 just east of Route 3 that IDOT boldly planned a 270 EB detour route but made an about face the morning of the 11th.)


Keep in mind this closure takes place right before the solar eclipse on August 21, and while the admins have not made a lot of mention about it because this area is largely on the fringes of that viewing area, it is certain that heavier than normal traffic may occur between 09:00 to 16:00.  A separate post regarding the eclipse will be made on Sunday, however, as the admins see the weekend closures as a larger priority.

IDOT has announced off-peak lane closures for westbound 270 at the river bridge on various dates in the next week from 09:00 to 15:00, weather permitting.

The patches that had failed or about to fail.

The bottom line is to expect delays starting at the canal bridge and a reduced speed limit that will be enforced by the ISP.

Before the information with the closures gets posted, the morning peak this morning was marred with two incidents near the river bridge but within a mile of each other:

Only the one closest to Riverview happened within view of the cameras. This incident did not cause the problems until the crews were in the process of clearing it because there was a second incident about a mile to the east of that one.

Both incidents caused about 20-30 minutes in delays, but both happened in the month of August where the big ones are known to occur.


Now, the next subject is something that the admins posted photos on Saturday of the dates the EB 270 closure. It has now been confirmed by a IDOT press release, and while the bridges will remain open your access has been limited to a combination of New Poag Road and Route 3 OR Pontoon Road and Route 3.  IDOT plans to close EB 270 from Route 3 all the way to Troy next weekend weather permitting, presumably to replace that awful pavement that dates back to the late 1990s (WB 270 pavement is even worse than EB).  The problem is that with an event at Tri City Speedway on Friday evening, there could be hassle in getting to the bridge.  Chain of Rocks Road is an alternate if you are willing to use Maryville Road to cross the railroad tracks, but for the tractor-trailer drivers that utilize the Pontoon Beach distribution centers must use New Poag Road as an alternate as Pontoon Road is off limits to tractor-trailers except the ones that are making local deliveries along that street.

For the detours east of 255, it is mostly 162 and Governors Parkway.  This area, along with North County, is not known to have useful detour routes in the east-west direction.  New Poag Road ultimately goes into 157 and 143 into downtown Edwardsville.  If you are coming out of the Riverbend, it may be wiser to use the Clark Bridge and call it a day.

IDOT announced that starting July 30, there will be overnight restrictions on 270 between Route 3 and Troy, weather permitting.  One lane will be closed between 19:00 to 05:00 in random locations between MM 3 to MM 16 for the purpose of pavement repairs.  (They really need to resurface the entire mainline, not do band aids.)

Expect reduced speed limits (in Illinois you know they can have them up 24/7/365), heavier than normal police enforcement by the state cops, and delays that could go up to 30 minutes or even longer.  We already have an admin that makes regular use of this area during the overnight hours and as such expect the social media accounts to be occasionally monitored until midnight.  The admins do not want to hear about such and such happening while we were sleeping nonsense as there was plenty of that back in June during the overnight construction in North County.

UPDATE 09:45 7/28/17 – IDOT has confirmed via press release that there WILL be weekend closures related to this project but that weekend has not been announced.  When that weekend has been announced it will be posted within 24 hours.

The admins are aware that the third Saturday in September is the date the infamous Ride of the Century will take place – that event takes place during the afternoon hours.  A separate post will come a few days before that event.