Road Construction Suspended For Holiday Weekend

By Rose Cordes

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Tuesday that road work will be suspended where possible for the holiday weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.

Starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency road work and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Sunday, November 27.

Some construction zones will have lane closures in effect, depending on the projects.

IDOT is urging motorists to slow down, obey posted speed limits and drive with caution through work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they are posted, even where no construction workers are present.

Following are locations where permanent lane closures remain in place:
* Fulton County: IL 9 near the McDonough County line; retaining wall construction; one lane will be open and controlled by signals.
* Peoria County: US 24, 2.3 miles east of Mapleton; bridge work; one lane in each direction will be open.