Motorists using Route 251 through Peru are advised to watch for intermittent lane closures starting Thursday as workers micro-surface the roadway.

Illinois Department of Transportation said in a press release issued this morning that the two-phase project will take between eight and 10 weeks to complete. One lane will remain open in each direction, IDOT said, but intersections may be closed to cross-traffic for up to 30 minutes.

In phase one (four to six weeks), workers will address roadway from Midtown Road to Interstate 80, affecting the intersections at Midtown and Wenzel roads, 38th Street and south I-80 ramps.

Phase two (about a month) will address Midtown Road south to the Illinois River bridge and will impact the interchanges of Shooting Park Road and U.S. 6. Phase two will begin when the Route 251 slope stabilization project is completed.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and consider alternate routes.

Micro-surfacing involves placing a thin lift of a mix of aggregate, oil and cement directly on existing asphalt surface. This seals the pavement, extends the life of the surface and improves safety by increasing friction and filling in rutted areas.

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