I-57 may not fully open until July

I-57 reopens after power lines cleared
June 9, 2008 6:15:23 PM PDT
It could be well into July before all lanes of I-57 are reopened to traffic. "We anticipate needing the one lane to be closed in each direction during that time mainly because of our heavy equipment," said Terry Donnelly, ComEd, senior VP

At least two of the large power towers were destroyed and three more were severely damaged. Now, if you travel along I-57 south of Sauk Trail you'd probably want to find an alternate route, especially during the rush hour because there were some long delays on I-57 during the day Monday. It's going to be several weeks before all lanes of I-57 reopen permanently.

Illinois State Police have reopened one lane on I-57 from Stuenkel Road to Monee- Manhattan Road.

The area was closed to traffic during the Monday morning commute while Com Ed crews worked to correct high-tension power lines knocked down by strong winds over the weekend. Since Saturday night, drivers have been detoured southbound from Sauk Trail Road to the Monee exit.

ComEd has since cleared all the wires off the roadway. The left lane is now open, but the right lane and shoulder could remain closed for several days as Com Ed continues work on the towers.


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