The Illinois Department of Transportation will close a section of Interstate 55/Interstate 70 to demolish the Exchange Avenue overpass at 9 p.m., Aug. 27.
Crews will close the interstate from just west of Illinois Route 203 to the I-55/I-70/I-64 interchange in East St. Louis during the demolition work. The interstate should reopen by 5 a.m. Aug. 30.
The detour for the closure is to use I-255 and I-64.
Additionally, crews will close Exchange Avenue from 9th Street to 7th Street in East St. Louis on Aug. 16. The ramps from I-55/I-70 to Exchange Avenue and from Exchange Avenue to I-55/I-70 will be closed at that time. Work on Exchange Avenue is expected to be complete and the bridge reopened in October 2011.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.