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Old U.S. 51 Business/North Water Street resurfacing in Decatur begins June 6



DECATUR – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a 2.6-mile resurfacing project on Old U.S. 51 Business/North Water Street, from the Interstate 72 interchange to Illinois 121/Pershing Avenue, begins Monday, June 6.     

     The work will reduce Old U.S. 51 to one lane in each direction at times, with traffic control utilizing dynamic message signs, arrow boards, spotters and barricades. The project includes resurfacing, curb repairs, sidewalk and signal improvements. The bridges over Spring Creek will have their joints replaced, and traffic will be down to one lane in each direction during these repairs. Benefits from the project include providing a smoother road surface and improving pedestrian safety.     

     Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
     Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,500 miles of highway and 9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Two included approximately $5.2 billion of improvements statewide on 3,020 miles of highway, 270 bridges and 428 additional safety improvements.
     For more information on IDOT projects, click here. For IDOT District 7 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict7 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on

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