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Several routes over the Illinois River to remain closed

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2013

The water has receded but several of the main roads over the Illinois River remain closed.

Tom Hufnagel with the Illinois Department of Transportation said Monday afternoon that due to damage caused by flood waters Routes  351 and 89 would remain closed at the river.  Some of the shoulders have been washed away and pavement has been damaged.  He wasn’t sure when the roads would be re-opened but he was sure it wouldn’t be by Tuesday morning.

In the meantime, continue to use Interstate 39 though be aware of traffic backing up down the ramps and into the driving lanes.  Several times today State Police troopers had to direct traffic to clear backups.

The Route 178 bridge in Utica reopened Sunday.

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