UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - At long last the part of Route 127 south of Alto Pass will have a permanent fix.
IDOT engineers say the problem is the slope it was originally built on.
Crews closed the stretch of road last month to deal with water underneath the road.
Rain washes away dirt and rock that holds up the road, warping it.
"To stabilize the slope it requires a structural wall,” said Carrie Nelson, IDOT Engineer. “So we'll be driving h-piles down to the rock layer and building a wall to hold that soil and the roadway in place."
Right now, the road is still open, but it’s reduced to one lane traffic on a runaround. IDOT states a temporary runaround controlled by signals is in place.
IDOT officials say this temporary solution costs about $500,000
Engineers designing the fix say it will cost around $2 million. Construction is set to begin in 2020...