Due to a semi recovery operation after an early morning crash on Interstate 57 North Bound at Mile Post 49 (Williamson County), Interstate 57 North Bound will be closed beginning at 7 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017.
The crash occurred at 4:55 A.M. on Oct. 20 and involved a single semi which exited the roadway to the right and entered the tree line. I57 North Bound is under construction in this area.
After consulting with the E.T. Simonds Construction Company, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Vernell’s Towing, The ISP and these partners collectively determined the safest course of action would be to close the roadway at Exit 45 – Illinois Route 148 and divert all north bound traffic off onto Illinois Route 148 for the duration of the clean-up efforts.
This will ensure the safety of workers on scene while providing the necessary space for their recovery operations in the narrow confines of the construction zone. It is also believed the late evening / early morning closure will minimize the impacts to traffic.
Motorists are advised to either follow the marked detour or seek alternate routes all together as this closure is expected to last for several hours.