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Message boards went up late last week about projects beginning Monday, July 29 in the La Salle and Oglesby areas. This sign is just east of the U.S. 6 overpass over Interstate 39 where roadway improvements will begin and are scheduled to last for up to two weeks. A similar project is planned at Route 251 over I-39, and a more lengthy series of lane closures on Interstate 80 will begin next week in advance of repairs to the twin Little Vermilion River bridges and four I-80 overpasses on the north side of La Salle.

Illinois Department of Transportation announced several projects will be starting today.

Advanced Asphalt of Princeton has a $774,730 contract for construction of a cross-over and shoulder work on I-80 near the Little Vermilion River north of La Salle.

“This is a preliminary project to facilitate the staging (or routing of) traffic for an upcoming project to repair the structures on I-80 over the Little Vermilion, East 3rd Road (Airport Road) and Raccuglia Drive (May Road),” according to IDOT.

Workers will be present at night, but lane closures will remain in place during daytime hours.

This project is expected to last about two months.

Median crossovers are used to create short stretches of two-way traffic around construction zones on one set of lanes.

They are an alternative to having all traffic merge into one lane for eastbound or westbound traffic, and crossovers often are used during repairs to interstate bridges.

Other projects

Also, a sign went up last week on U.S. 6 just east of Interstate 39 about one project starting today, and another message board went up near the new Shippingsport bridge that carries Route 351 over the Illinois River between La Salle and Oglesby.

Projects for “roadway improvement” on the overpasses carrying U.S. 6 over I-39 at La Salle and carrying Route 251 over I-39 south of Oglesby are listed for July 29-Aug. 9 on an IDOT map. Lane closures and traffic delays are possible.

The Shippingsport bridge will have a safety inspection early this week.

In addition to the projects that were set to start today, U.S. 6 traffic (and Route 89 traffic) has been drastically affected by resurfacing work in Spring Valley.

And, at Peru, work to repair a shoulder that has collapsed over the years into a ravine has traffic cones and construction equipment in place between Seventh Street and Shooting Park Road on northbound Route 251.

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_NewsEditor.

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