Rte. 127 closed in Union County for bridge demolition, road repairs
UNION COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - A portion of Route 127 in Union County was closed to traffic on Monday, July 26 at 7 a.m.
The Illinois Department of Transportation set up digital signs to warn drivers in advance of the closure of Rte. 127 at Alto Pass.
At first, the closure was scheduled to begin on Monday, July 12, but it was delayed to July 26.
IDOT said contractors could not start on the project to demolish an old bridge over Rte. 127 in Alto Pass and complete the rebuilding of the highway just south of town until then.
The road is expected to reopen no later than Friday, August 13.
Route 127 will be closed from Chestnut Street to just north of Rhine Road, weather permitting.
Access to Bald Knob Cross, Peach Barn Winery and Alto Pass will be open to traffic.
The project to rebuild the section of Rte. 127 just south of Alto Pass has been in the works for more than two years.
Heavy spring rains in 2019 caused the ground under the roadway to erode, which shifted and warped the pavement.
The damage to the road made it unsafe for vehicles. The route was closed at this section until crews were able to make a one-lane detour around the erosion.
A stoplight was added to the one-lane to control traffic while crews began making repairs and rebuilding the damaged section of roadway.
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