Construction on Route 178 and the US 6 roundabout in Utica will resume on Monday, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by mid-June.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the reopening on Friday and said all lanes would remain open and controlled by a four-way stop.
The $2.4 million project was delayed by about two months due to labor disputes and a shortage of building materials. IDOT Civil Engineer Nate Sell said Friday that the roundabout will be operational in late spring, followed by finishing touches such as landscaping and lighting.
We are happy to hear that it will be used in the spring and finished in June.
— Utica Mayor David Stewart.
Once completed, the roundabout is expected to reduce duplication at Starved Rock and Mattiessen State Parks, which drew 3 million visitors last year.
“The village is excited to see continued progress at the roundabout and we’re excited to hear that it will be in use in the spring and will be completed in June,” said Utica Mayor David Stewart. “It was very rewarding to work with IDOT, both as an engineering company and as a contractor. »
IDOT has warned motorists to expect delays and allow extra time to travel in the area, and be prepared for slow, stopped traffic. To avoid the work area, where possible, alternative routes should be considered.
In the meantime, Utica Police will keep a close eye on the construction area to ensure motorists obey speed limits, obey traffic laws, and keep workers safe.
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