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Strip Mine Road to close, Route 53 lanes to be reduced for roadwork in Wilmington

WILMINGTON – Beginning Friday, weather permitting, closures will take place near the intersection of Route 53 and Strip Mine Road in Wilmington for an intersection improvement project, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The improvements are part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail program.

In order to complete the work, Strip Mine Road will be closed at the railroad tracks west of Route 53. A posted detour will direct westbound traffic on Strip Mine Road to go south on Route 53, west on Coal City Road and north on Route 129, to meet back with Strip Mine Road. Eastbound Strip Mine Road traffic is advised to take the reverse route.

Daily lane closures will continue to take place on Route 53 as needed. The closures will reduce the roadway to one lane with flaggers while construction activities are in progress. Route 53 traffic will be shifted to temporary pavement.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through the area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on alert for workers and equipment.

The upgrades are part of the high-speed rail program to accommodate passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis at speeds up to 110 mph, reducing the length of the trip by one hour. The entire corridor is tentatively scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017. About 150 crossings along the route will be improved to include additional safety features.

For details on other upcoming closures and additional information on the high-speed rail program, visit www.idothsr.org.

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