IDOT stresses safety as motorists hit the road for holiday

By on July 2, 2010

Illinois—Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig urged Illinois drivers to buckle up and stay sober as they get ready to hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend.

Hannig also announced that IDOT will make sure roads are open wherever possible, but some projects will continue, resulting in lane closures during the holiday weekend.

“While we want everyone to enjoy their holiday weekend, we must put safety first and remind motorists to not drink and drive and to be conscious of work zones,” Hannig said. “We will limit lane closures where possible to provide some relief to those travelling over the holiday weekend, but some areas will still have workers present, so please obey the posted speed limits and drive cautiously.”

IDOT will suspend construction-related lane closures starting at 3 p.m. Friday, July 2, until 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, July 6. Motorists are advised to comply with the posted speed limit of 45 mph while driving through a work zone at all times.

Wherever a road is closed, a detour will be posted. In some areas, there will be lane restrictions. Because of the nature of some projects, there will be a number of work zones that will continue to have lane closures. Motorists are advised to slow down and be alert in those work zones, and are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect. For more information about ongoing construction projects, motorists can check IDOT’s traveler website, www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

Interstate road information is also available at 1-800-452 IDOT (4368).

Closures in Kane County include the following:
• Keslinger twin precast concrete box culvert over Welch Creek in Elburn. Road closed and has a posted detour.
• South Municipal Drive and Galena Boulevard reconstruction in Sugar Grove. One lane in each direction.
• Route 56 bridge deck replacement over Blackberry Creek in Sugar Grove. One lane open in each direction.