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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: 815-434-8427
MARCH 4, 2002TTY: 800-526-0844

GRUNDY COUNTY, IL -- Eastbound Interstate 80 from east of Morris in Grundy County to the Will County line has been reduced to one lane of traffic in preparation of the reconstruction of the westbound lanes.

The lane restriction is anticipated to last approximately 10 days, weather permitting, to allow for traffic control measures to be installed. When that has been completed, all traffic (2 westbound lanes, and 2 eastbound lanes) will be switched to the eastbound side of the highway. Traffic will be separated by a temporary concrete barrier.

Reconstruction of the westbound lanes will then begin and last throughout the construction season. Work is expected to be completed by November 15.

Extremely heavy traffic delays are expected in the construction zone during the ten days for traffic control modifications. An alternate route has been signed for motorists using IL 47 north to US 52 east to Interstate 55 south. Motorists are encouraged to use the alternate route and avoid lengthy delays.

Motorists are also urged to use extreme caution when traveling through the work zone and on the alternate route.

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