It looks like IDOT will begin the final 159 paving today, as they close everything but one lane from the Catholic Church to Wickliff. One lane means one lane, not one lane in each direction which is what has gone on for two years. I'd advise avoiding that area for most of today. But much more paving has to be completed before the area is finished.
This has been an exhausting two years of road work for everyone who has had to drive Vandalia or lives along that route. Actually, getting around Collinsville as a whole has been an ordeal for some time. Someone who lives on the west side of town told me recently that she had to be at the Vandalia end and just did not know how people have stood that every single day. It's been hard, some days better than others some days just ridiculous. It will be a relief to have all that over with but I'm curious about how difficult it will be to turn left out of our street once things are cleared away.
Also, there is a digital sign on 55/70 Westbound in the area where drivers can head onto the Martin Luther King Bridge which warns that beginning Monday road work will begin. This can't be true! Surely IDOT won't be doing something along the road leading to the Poplar after many months of backups thanks to MoDOT work on its side of the bridge. Please please say this isn't going to happen.