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Getting to Work

Construction begins Tuesday on portions of U.S. 6

Construction will begin Tuesday, May 15, 2012, weather permitting, on U.S. 6 in Morris, from just west of Illinois 47 to Walker's Corner, according to a press release issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

A $1,695,980.89 contract for the project was awarded to "D" Construction, Inc. of Coal City. The project consists of removal of the existing asphalt surface, resurfacing, installation of traffic detector loops at signalized intersections and reconstruction of sidewalk ramps, IDOT said.

In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic, some of the work in Morris will be performed between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Night work will consist of milling, detector loop installation and resurfacing. Sidewalk work will take place during normal daytime hours.

Also, all work in the rural section will be performed during daytime hours.

IDOT expects all to be completed by mid August 2012.

IDOT officials urge all motorists to use extreme caution when traveling through the work zone and to be alert for flaggers and all other workers.

With construction set to start this week on portions of U.S. 6, Morris Police Department officials are encouraging motorists to be alert and drive safely.

Chief Brent Dite said work is set to take place in two separate areas on U.S. 6 — one zone will be about seven miles east of Illinois 47, and a second will be set up between Edgewater Drive and Lakewood Drive. Eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic will be affected during the projects.

Dite said the police department will increase its presence in both areas to enforce traffic violations. Additionally, Dite said motorists should be aware that there may be lane closures or reduced speed limits in the zones.

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