MARION, IL (KFVS) - Drivers in Marion were delayed around the railroad tracks near the Route 13 and Route 37 intersection on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
David Barger, railroad technician with the Illinois Department of Transportation, said the road was back open by 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Crews repairing the railroad tracks to make the crossing smoother and safer for drivers began working at 7 a.m.
Barger said about 25,000 to 30,000 drivers go through this area every single day and that while the detour may cause an inconvenience for drivers, it will be a great benefit once its done.
Barger also says the westbound Route 13 detour runs on Market Street to the square, and then on Main Street to Court Street (Route 37), and then take that right back to Route 13. Drivers going east on Route 13 will see the detour reversed.
"It is a 36-hour project and we will be working along with the railroad continuously," said Greg McLaughlin with IDOT. "There will be plenty of detour signs but drivers who use this path need to know the work is going on and give themselves extra time. Expect delays."