The Illinois Department of Transportation will close IL Rt. 143 over Shoal Creek in Bond County beginning Monday, October 16, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to replace the existing structure crossing Shoal Creek.
While a detour route will be posted using US 40 to Interstate 70 to Rt. 127, the road closure has an impact on the service provided by the Highland-Pierron Fire Department, according to their chief, Steve Plocher. His department covers some of that area and without that bridge the area would either be inaccessible or would involve a long response time.
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Plocher stressed this change does NOT put area residents in any danger. Arrangements have been made with Bond County and Pocahontas/Old Ripley EMS and the Greenville Fire Protection District to provide coverage for that area. Highland-Pierron may still provide mutual aid, but the primary response will come from Greenville and Pocahontas.
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While protocol will change for local fire officials, residents in need of services provided by area fire departments don’t need to change anything about the way they call for help. When you dial 9-1-1 from that area, it’s usually answered in Greenville anyway. The call will still come in that way and dispatchers will send fire personnel or first responders.
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Work on Rt. 143 is expected to continue until December of 2018.