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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.


NOTE:  Probably should had this one posted last week but Mother Nature had other ideas and the questionable weather clearly took an priority.  It also does not help when two of the admins work the evening shift and making posts at 3 in the morning is not a desired time window.

IDOT announced last week that the afternoon of January 17, an open house will be held at SWIC Granite City off Maryville Road near Route 203.  The time will go from 16:00 to 19:00 and it is time to let them hear it as it is.


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.

Poor timing snow event for 1/5

Posted: 2017/01/04 in IDOT, MoDOT, Weather
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The NWS has predicted up to 4 inches of the white stuff for Thursday – and projected the stuff to fall in time for the morning peak:

Earlier this evening, MoDOT goes out and their #2 man in the district declares in a press conference to the local media there will be no pretreating of the roads prior to the event.

Instead they have urged the people to stay off the roads and likewise the Illinois State Police has issued a travel advisory for the I-64 and I-70 corridors:

With the lights on the river bridge out and the poor timing of the event, the admins decided to upgrade the risk factor to HIGH. The hilly 270 mainline up in North County is likely going to be terrible, and in the last winter event that hill east of 157 proved its ugly head like no other. Since the admins have honestly lost count of how many incidents that happened on that hilly mainline in recent years (it seems like it happens every season), anyone that has to go out in this stuff due to essential reasons needs to allow extra time and be prepared to be stuck. Temperatures in this event is expected to be in the teens and low 20s, which can make rock salt rather ineffective.

Just for good measure, the past snow events at poor times have yielded big problems so please lets not make a repeat of this mess:

OR this mess the last time MoDOT didn’t pretreat the roads, or for good measure the epic twitter feed:

Whatever happens tomorrow please allow a lot of extra time or just stay home. The evening peak will likely be just as dicey depending on when the snow exits.


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.

This afternoon, this was posted on MoDOT page.  Since just about everyone has been waiting a very long time to tell IDOT as it is (MoDOT heard plenty during those I-270 North County public hearings), the information is posted below:i-270flyerfinal_000
Additional information can be found here.


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.

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.

First the good news is that the southbound lanes of 67 south of the Clark Bridge reopened on Tuesday.  It couldn’t have come soon enough as the morning peak period this morning had this:

It happened during the busiest hour of the day, and the admins missed that one due to work. (Been pulling a lot of hours of work this week and next week, so a lot of non essential stuff will be delayed.)  It was the second alleged incident this week during the morning peak, as there was one on Monday as well.

Now the bad news that was spoiled last month.  MoDOT is slated to start the major North County project on 270 on July 15, and this project will affect anyone that cuts through North County, either by the Clark Bridge or using this section of 270.  This project was due to begin this week but poor weather conditions have caused the construction to be pushed back.  This project will involve 24/7 lane closures for a month and could cause morning peak traffic to back up towards Lilac and Riverview.

Last but not least, IDOT have some overnight lane closures planned for next week on eastbound 270 east of Route 3.  The lane restrictions will go from 18:00 to 06:00 from July 15 through 21.  Also starting next week, one lane of the ramp from northbound 255 to westbound 270 will close for 6 weeks for a painting project.

Check the Facebook page later tonight for a #ThrowbackThursday segment that will be shared that was taken last year.  A friend of one of the admins posted this video this week dating back to 2013. Forward it to the 12 minute mark of the video.

Lane closures like this one will be in effect during the daytime hours next week.

Lane closures like this one will be in effect during the daytime hours next week.

It is the time of the year that the annual river bridge inspections take place.  This year it will go from June 1 through June 4, weather permitting.  This year schedule will be:

  • June 1 and 2: westbound right lane from 09:00 to 15:00
  • June 3 and 4: eastbound right lane from 08:00 to 15:00

The 45 MPH speed limit will be in place and enforced.  Expect delays start at 255 for westbound traffic, Lilac for eastbound traffic.

The evening peak today did not go smoothly thanks to an incident this afternoon:

This was cleared in 30 minutes but set the tone for the entire evening. There will be two other incidents before things would return to normal: one near Lilac and a westbound one on the bridge.