I-57 construction update
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) —
Interstate 57 has been under construction since April while the Illinois Department of Transportation works on resurfacing the road.
Although the project is on schedule, Champaign County drivers still have a few more months of dealing with construction zones.
Drivers say they're glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the resurfacing project.
"I noticed about a month ago it was terrible,” driver Robert Grilec said. “In fact, I had to get off and take route 45 for a while. There was three-mile backups, bumper to bumper."
IDOT says this was a project they couldn’t pump the breaks on any longer.
"It's deteriorating pretty quickly,” IDOT project engineer Jason Smith said. “So it was something that we had to get out here and fix up the road pretty quickly."
It's a $14 million project slated to wrap up at the end of November, right on schedule.
The first half of the project already wrapped up, which spanned from I-57 from I-74 to Curtis Road. Now crews are working between Curtis and Sadorus.
"We'll go through and patch all the really bad areas and place new concrete down to the sub-base,” Smith said. “And then we'll mill, which is chewing up the existing pavement so that we can replace the pavement back."
Overall, drivers say they think the seven-month project will be worth it, despite a few months of traffic headaches.
"I've been traveling this highway here for well over 40 years,” Grilec said. “I've seen some good and some bad, and I feel that they're doing a pretty significant job here."
IDOT officials say the project should make the road last longer and not deteriorate as fast, making it safer for drivers.