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Lane closures like this one will be in effect for WB 270 both Wednesday and Thursday

Weather permitting, IDOT crews will close the right lane on WB 270 at the river bridge between 09:00 to 12:00 Wednesday and 09:00 to 15:00 Thursday to make repairs to the bridge deck.

While crews are out expect reduced speed limits and delays if your trip goes through this section of 270.

Weather permitting, there will be lane restrictions on EB/WB 270 between 255 and 157 on Sunday for the purpose of utility crews to finish a power pole replacement.  There could be full mainline blockages up to 15 minutes at random times during the day.  From 07:00 to 20:00 two lanes in each direction will be blocked, so plan on using 162 or New Poag Road to get around.

If you decide to go through 270, don’t be this guy getting busted allegedly doing 91 just to the east of Route 3:

OR the one that did at least 110:

The bottom line: expect reduced speed limits and expect them to be enforced.

Weather permitting, the right lane on WB 270 at the river bridge will be closed due to crews making more pavement repairs, presumably at the area that recently got patched but recently fell apart:

If you don’t know the spot where the patch job is at, here is a little visual:

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In a few weeks the temperatures will get colder and the odds of river fog in below freezing weather will increase dramatically. There was a close call on Saturday when the temperatures got in the borderline area:

The crews are trying to take advantage of the weather while it is still favorable because concrete is temperature sensitive.  However, the weather on Wednesday has a chance of Thunderstorms at some point during the day:

 

Weather permitting, there will be mainline lane closures on 270 between Route 3 and Troy that will begin tonight and last through October. The lane restrictions are limited from 18:00 to 06:00 from Sunday through Thursday.  There is additional restrictions that stretch east of the interchange with I-55/70, so everyone that comes out of Highland and Greenville needs to be aware of that.

In short, the I-270 mainline lane restrictions go from MM 3 to MM 18 (please note that I-70 mile markers east of I-55/70 interchange corresponds with I-270, not I-70).

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The orange cones are coming back next weekend.  Be prepared.

As hinted on the construction VMS on 255 at 270 and on 270 at New Halls Ferry and at 255, there will be weekend work on the river bridge, weather permitting, on the weekend of July 16 and 17.  Only one lane in each direction will be open to traffic, opening the possibilities of delays stretching back to 255 for westbound traffic and 367 for eastbound traffic.  Do not be surprised to hear about delays going over one hour.

This work is required to seal the bridge decks.

Lane restrictions will begin late in the night of July 15 around midnight, and will not be lifted until 21:00 on July 17.

Please consider taking alternate routes, and keep in mind that MoDOT is doing work on the Poplar Street Bridge and there is lane closures on Route 143 between Route 3 and the Clark Bridge.

 

Starting on May 3 and lasting into June, there will be off peak mainline lane closures on 270 from the river bridge to 55/70.

Lane closures will happen Monday-Friday

  • 06:00 to 15:00 for eastbound
  • 09:00 to 17:00 for westbound

Reflective markers in the pavement is expected to be replaced on the mainline lanes.  Expect the speed limits to be reduced and a heavier than normal influence of Illinois State Police traffic patrols during the lane closures.  The lane closures will be weather permitting.

 Note: unfavorable weather conditions for Monday and Tuesday has pushed the lane closures back til later this week.  Stay tuned.

If that project in North County last summer was bad enough, MoDOT is about to start a four month long construction project on 270 at Bellefontaine Road that is expected to screw both the morning and evening peaks for people that must use 270 to get between North County and Granite City.  With one mainline lane in each direction expected to be closed on a 24/7 basis, there is a lot of nerves going around.

This evening, for the second time in less than 3 weeks, a serious accident happened on eastbound 270 between Old Halls Ferry and 367 during the peak period that closed the highway for some time.  The incident this afternoon sadly proved fatal for one person and caused major traffic hell in North County.  In fact the westbound lanes were blocked as well for a short time during this incident.  A second incident on a route that people were using to get to Parker Road did not help matters either.

This incident lasted through the entire evening peak period.  Although a fatality often requires all lanes to be closed for a few hours for reconstruction – the fact it was the peak period in the peak direction, and the fact the only other east-west alternate routes in North County are Parker Road and Chambers Road – crews ended up reopening the right lane and allowed the traffic to sneak through the scene after an hour.  It takes over 3 hours to clear this incident.

With a recent rash of serious incidents near 367, the concern is there.  Most of the North County traffic on 270 enters and exit at 367 and the majority of that traffic is from the RiverBend.  The AADT (based in 2013) has traffic counts on 270 at 106K just west of 367 but 54K at Lilac.  While it is too soon to determine whether this lane closure will back up the peak traffic past 367 during the evening peak and east of Lilac during the morning peak, the risk of big problems developing is high.

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If anyone has noticed in the past week, the patch job done this past fall on the river bridge is falling apart, and therefore:

 

The lane restrictions will last from 09:00 to 15:00 for westbound traffic.  The right lane will be blocked, and delays starting at Route 3 may occur.  The reduced speed limits will be in effect and expect the state police to be camping the area – as enforcement has increased in recent weeks.

Westbound drivers may expect delays up to one hour on Thursday between 09:00 to 15:00, as IDOT crews will patch up portions of the bridge deck that have been confirmed to be rough for some time.  The lane closures are weather permitting and while rain is not expected on Thursday winds will be strong.  In addition to that work, there is unrelated work going on Route 3 between Hartford and Granite City, including lane closures at 270.  Therefore if you need to take alternate routes, consider Routes 111 or 255 instead of Route 3 to access Route 143 and the Clark Bridge.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsIDOT announced that construction crews will do a daytime lane closure on EB 270 from the river bridge to Route 3 from 09:00 to 14:00 on 9/22 to do survey work.  This lane closure is on top of the current overnight restrictions that have caused delays of at least one hour during the late evening hours.  Please plan delays to go all the way back to Lilac and be prepared to use alternate routes.

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Speaking of the overnight lane closures, it has been confirmed by various followers on the Twitter account and by at least one admin that the right lane around MM 0.6 to 1.2 in the westbound direction is very rough. (No picture of that rough spot yet.)  However, it did not lead to the incident last Wednesday on the bridge and another at Lilac that turned that morning peak into a living hell – on the one morning that a lane restriction was in place following that rush hour.

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Since both happened around the same time, its hard to determine whether one was a secondary incident of the other. The incident on the bridge allegedly involved four vehicles.