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The Illinois Department of Transportation is set to start construction on US 51 in Shelby County. The work will take place from ½ mile north of the Shelby County line all the way to the Christian County line. Road work will begin on Thursday, April 22nd. 


This work will reduce US 51 to one lane in each direction at times, with plenty of message signs, spotters, and barricades. Motorists can expect delays, allow extra time for trips, and slow down.  Please pay attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones and obey posted speed limits, don’t use mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment.


The project has been part of a bigger road construction project in Illinois put together in part by Governor JB Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois program that includes resurfacing, guardrail upgrades, and pavement markings.  Over the next six years, it’s expected that IDOT will improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck, investing over $33.2 billion into transportation in Illinois. For IDOT District 7 updates or to view area construction details visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

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