Granite City residents know all roads lead to Nameoki Road.
The quickest routes to main destinations in Granite City usually involve Nameoki Road (Illinois 203). If this is one of your regular daily routes, you better begin thinking about alternative options for your travels.
Beginning this month, Illinois 203 from Madison Avenue to Interstate 270 in Granite City will have one lane closed in each direction to perform pavement patching, HMA (hot-mix asphalt) surface removal and replacement, and pavement marking with an expected completion date of June 30 (weather permitting).
The Illinois Department of Transportation says it has been warning the public since January that this project would be started in April. Drivers are urged to find alternative routes to work and other activities.
“Expect the unexpected while traveling in work zones,” said Randall Blankenhorn, acting secretary for IDOT. “Obey the posted speed limits and be alert for workers and changing conditions.”
IDOT reports that an average of 21,700 vehicles pass through Illinois 203 at Interstate 270 through Nameoki Road to Madison Avenue daily, and ongoing wear and tear (coupled with extreme weather conditions) over the past few years has made this vast work effort necessary.
Now, the day of reckoning for this well-traveled path has arrived.
“The road was literally falling apart,” Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer said. “It is a state road and city officials were very happy when the state took on the road repairs. It is greatly appreciated by the community for this stretch of road to be repaired. It is the road that is home to the Granite City High School and Junior High School and is well-traveled.”
All businesses will remain open during the work but officials say to use extreme caution entering and departing those businesses.
This may seem like a bumpy ride for the next few months, but officials say in the long run travelers will be happy for the major repairs to one of the busiest areas in the Tri-City region of Granite City.