road work

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Drivers should be prepared for using one lane of traffic when road work on U.S. 40 starts Wednesday in Effingham County. 

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the road work project will involve a 4.8 mile stretch on U.S. 40 from Henrietta Street in Effingham to west of Lake Sara Road (900th Street). Officials will be involved in sealing joints and an oil and chip seal with a slurry seal overlay in this area. 

Before the overlay, drivers will be moving through on the oil and chip seal. IDOT said drivers can expect a smoother driving surface when this work is done. 

The project will cause U.S. 40 to be reduced to one lane at times. Traffic control will be using dynamic message signs, flaggers and barricades. 

"Motorists are encouraged to avoid the work area, when feasible, and the use of alternate routes should be considered," a press release said. "Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment."

Drivers should expect delays and allow more time for trips through the area. 

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