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Interstate issues near Mt. Vernon have some concerned

So what's causing the congestion? I-57 and Route 64 have been reduced to one lane. So what's causing the congestion? I-57 and Route 64 have been reduced to one lane.
For Kim Barnard and her business, which sits along Route 37, she says it's a constant headache for her and her customers. For Kim Barnard and her business, which sits along Route 37, she says it's a constant headache for her and her customers.
IDOT engineers say plan your commute accordingly if you plan on driving through mile marker 85 on. IDOT engineers say plan your commute accordingly if you plan on driving through mile marker 85 on.
MOUNT VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

If you've traveled along Interstate 57 in Jefferson County lately, you probably have noticed a lot of orange lining the roads. Or maybe you've been at a complete stand still because of delays.

That's been the case near the Mount Vernon exit.

Caution or seek alternate route sign are plenty. Drivers are taking these signs seriously to avoid hour-long delays, which brings them through Mt. Vernon.

But the extra traffic in town isn't sitting well with some folks.

For Kim Barnard and her business, which sits along Route 37, she says it's a constant headache for her and her customers.

"It is putting a hurt to us," said Barnard. "Some people is scared to come down to our area in fear of not being able to get out. If you have a job, it gets you where you can't get to your job on time."

Barnard says at certain times of the day customers can't even leave the parking lot which is putting a damper on her business.

"They only have an allotted amount of time and they just can't make it so they don't come down here," said Donna Koch of Mt. Vernon.

So what's causing the congestion? I-57 and Route 64 have been reduced to one lane.

IDOT engineers say plan your commute accordingly if you plan on driving through mile marker 85 on.

"We have three interstates, I-24, I-64 and I-57 all sharing that same piece of roadway there, so we knew it was going to be a difficult situation for us," said Doug Helfrich, IDOT District Engineer

The project is expected to wrap up some time in November, which is not soon enough for some.

"Trying to get on to Broadway ... ridiculous!" said Jack Howerton. "I hope that everyone that works is being lenient on the ones that are working because it's not their fault, it's the traffic."

IDOT engineers say there's about three weeks left in the project. The ending product will be a three-lane stretch of highway.

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