According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the following roads remained closed Wednesday because of flooding:
- Brussels Ferry
- U.S. 67 southbound in West Alton, Mo.
- Illinois 143 west of Illinois 255 in the Wood River-Edwardsville area
- Illinois 100 closed to through traffic from Alton to Pearl
- Illinois 3 at Illinois 100 in Grafton
- U.S. 67 southbound into Missouri closed at the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi (northbound is still open)
- U.S. 67 in both directions at Broadway in Alton
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the opening of the following roads:
- Chain of Rocks Road between Illinois 111 and Illinois 157 in Madison County
- I-70 in both directions in Bond County between the 36 and 45 mile markers (Pocahontas to Greenville)
- Old Alton–Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville
- Illinois 159 north of Illinois 143 in Edwardsville
Several levee districts within District 8 have installed flood control gates. These efforts have closed Illinois 3 in East Alton.
The Department will continue monitoring state roadways. Flooding has or will require closure of state highways and ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers as well as several creeks and streams.
Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood-prone areas. Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East – as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.
The department’s website, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/Comm/emergency-road-closures, has the latest information on road closures throughout Illinois. Detailed information on the Metro East is also available at http://apps.dot.illinois.gov/stl-traffic. IDOT District 8 updates are on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.
Information on river stages is available here.