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Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Upcoming Weekend Full Closures Planned for I-35E Repairs between I-694 in Vadnais Heights and I-35 in Columbus

Concrete pavement repairs will require two full weekend closures of I-35E the next two weekends between I-694 in Vadnais Heights and I-35 in Columbus. The full closures are needed so construction crews can repair contraction joints running across the full width of the highway. The joints allow the pavement to expand and contract with the rise and fall of temperatures, which helps prevent cracks or other damage to the pavement.

The northbound interstate will close at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 and remain closed until about 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. The following weekend, southbound I-35E will close from 8 p.m. Friday, Oct, 20 until about 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23. During the closures, traffic will detour on I-694, I-35W and I-35. If work is completed sooner than planned, the interstate will reopen earlier.

In case of rain or other inclement weather, work will be postponed until the following weekend.

10/13/2017 8:00 AM (Updated 10/17/2017 12:31 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Full Closure of Cal Sag Bridge in Crestwood for Steel Repairs

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that Cicero Avenue (IL-50/83) over the Cal Sag Channel will be fully closed between 127th Street and 135th Street, in Crestwood, for a bridge repair project, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Oct. 16. The repairs also will require a closure on the Illinois Tollway’s exit ramp from the southbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to southbound Cicero Avenue.

 In order to complete the work, the structure that carries Cicero Avenue over the Cal Sag Channel will be fully closed until mid-December 2017. A posted detour will direct southbound Cicero Avenue traffic to go west on 127th Street and southeast on Cal Sag Road to meet back with Cicero Avenue. Northbound Cicero Avenue traffic will take the reverse route.

 The Tollway’s exit ramp from southbound I-294 to southbound Cicero Avenue also will be closed. Southbound I-294 traffic should take the Cicero Avenue/127th Street exit ramp and keep right to access 127th Street and northbound Cicero Avenue.

 The scope of the project consists of structural steel repairs on the bridge that carries IL-50/83 over the Cal Sag Channel. The repairs will improve safety and extend the lifespan of the bridge.

 Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

10/6/2017 7:01 PM (Updated 10/17/2017 12:38 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   St. Clair County: EB I-64 detour begins Oct. 20

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that all eastbound Interstate 64 lanes will be detoured to the ramp lanes of Interstate 255 near Caseyville beginning Friday, Oct. 20, weather permitting.
Starting at 9 p.m., eastbound Interstate 64 will be closed just west of Interstate 255.  Eastbound Interstate 64 traffic will be detoured around the closure using the through lanes of the Interstate 255 ramp. Eastbound Interstate 64 traffic east of the Interstate 255 interchange will not be affected.
Lanes will be shifted to direct eastbound Interstate 64 traffic to take the Interstate 255 exit to travel around the work zone and will return them to eastbound Interstate 64 just east of the closure area.
The closure is necessary to paint a bridge carrying 81st Street traffic over Interstate 64. The interstate lanes are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, October 23.
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes, anticipate additional travel times, and use caution while driving through and near the construction work zone.
By utilizing a full expressway mainline closure and keeping construction restricted to the weekend when traffic volumes are down, IDOT aims to reduce the length of time the work zone is needed during heavier traveled weekday periods.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at

10/17/2017 11:05 AM (Updated 10/17/2017 11:05 AM)

   Minnesota - Red Flag Warning

Counties: Blue Earth; Brown; Chippewa; Douglas; Faribault; Kandiyohi; Lac Qui Parle; Martin; McLeod; Meeker; Morrison; Nicollet; Pope; Redwood; Renville; Sibley; Stearns; Stevens; Swift; Todd; Watonwan; Yellow Medicine

.A Red Flag Warning remains in effect from noon to 7 PM CDT today
for western Minnesota. South winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to
around 30 mph are expected as humidity levels drop to less than 25
mph this afternoon.
* AFFECTED AREA...areas along and west of line from Blue Earth to
Little Falls.
* WIND...south 15 to 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph.
* HUMIDITY...less than 25 percent and perhaps as low as 20
* IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.
10/19/2017 11:56 AM (Updated 10/19/2017 12:56 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   Upcoming Closures on I-65 in Lake County

The Indiana Department of Transportation is alerting drivers of two upcoming closures on I-65 in Lake County.

This Friday, October 20, crews will be setting beams at the I-65 bridge structure over Wirtz Ditch (approximately MM 245, two miles south of US-231) bridge structure during daytime hours. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a 10-minute rolling closure on I-65 southbound while equipment is repositioned.

In addition, the evening of October 23, crews will be performing repair work and the 109th Avenue ramp to I-65 northbound in Crown Point will be completely closed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning (or earlier if work is completed). During this time, westbound 109th Avenue traffic should proceed to Broadway and then north to US-30. Eastbound 109th Avenue traffic should proceed to Colorado and then travel north to US-30. The ramp to southbound I-65 will remain open.

Motorists are urged to pay close attention to the signs in the work zone, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Drivers can monitor road closures and traffic alerts at any time via the INDOT Northwest District social media channels: or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at 

10/18/2017 11:56 AM (Updated 10/18/2017 11:56 AM)
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