ALTON — The Great River Road continues to be closed in both directions from Alton to Clifton Terrace because of flooding, according to the Alton Police Department.
Barricades at the city limit sign at Illinois 100 will remain in place until further notice, according to a police department press release. Lanes will remain open for local business traffic. For information or assistance, call the Alton Police Department at (618) 463-3505.
Area highways remaining closed include Brussels Ferry between Jersey and Calhoun counties, Illinois 100 from Illinois 3 to Illinois 16 through Grafton, Illinois 100 between Hardin and Kampsville and Illinois 3 in Grafton.
According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River crested at 32.27 feet at 8:30 p.m. June 30. As of 8 a.m. Thursday, the stage was 31.35 feet, considered to be moderate flooding. Major flooding begins at 34 feet; flood stage is 21 feet. The river is forecast to fall to near flood stage by Thursday, July 9.
Two-way traffic remains available on the elevated lanes of U.S. 67 only in West Alton, Mo.
Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to assist motorists in safely navigating around major closures. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes and avoid known closures. Additional travel times should be expected throughout the region. All motorists are urged to be patient as travel times and patterns will be affected throughout the week.
The Illinois Department of Transportation website, www.idot.illinois.gov, has the latest information on road closures throughout Illinois. Information on the Metro East is also available at www.stl-traffic.org. Updates via Twitter are at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.