I-70 Opens Again Tuesday Late Afternoon


Over the noon hour Tuesday, Illinois Department of Transportation trucks and employees were at the scene, using a large brush on the front of as truck to clean the lanes, removing water from the shoulders of the road and another truck was loaded with pothole filler mix.

The interstate was closed Monday morning, and didn’t reopen till Tuesday later afternoon. Originally, westbound traffic was getting off I-70 at the Millersburg Road and eastbound traffic was exiting at Pocahontas, all vehicles detouring on Route 40.

Tiffany Brase from the Illinois Department of Transportation told WGEL that was not a safe situation with large trucks travelling from both directions in a close area.

Brase said it was determined to change the westbound detour to the Rt. 127 Greenville exit, south to Illinois Rt. 143, then west through Pierron and back to the interstate.

Brase reported after the water receded, IDOT personnel had to clean the pavement, repair any potholes and make sure the highway was stable, before allowing vehicles to once again travel I-70 all the way through Bond County.

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