Work will close Pesotum rest areas on I-57 for several months

PARIS – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that, weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday on improvements at the Illinois Prairie rest areas on Interstate 57 near Pesotum, meaning they will be closed for several months.

The project will include replacing shoulders on the entrance and exit ramps and patching of the car parking lots on both the northbound and southbound sides. The truck parking lot of the northbound rest area will be replaced entirely. During construction the rest areas will be closed to the public. The contract completion date is Nov. 19. The contractor for the $1 million project is Stark Excavating Inc.

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dhose1950 wrote on June 07, 2010 at 7:06 am

Well, golly Andy. If the NG had their head out of the sand once in a while, they would know the southbound Rest Area has already been closed for several months !!!!

Wenalway wrote on June 07, 2010 at 10:06 am

Is that true? I don't drive that way very often. I did find a link from January saying the rest stop was to reopen in the "next few months." Alas, the N-G broke all its links to older stories since then, so I was unable to read the rest of the test.

That January article was about the I-74 expansion project, which needs to be reinstated. Don't let the "don't tax and scream" bumpkins chase much-needed jobs and development out of the area. That project would make highway travel safer, and it never should have been eliminated.

If the "don't tax and scream" folks want something to oppose, they should look into the plan for a road between Downs and Towanda. Last I checked, there was already a road in that corridor. (And I'm assuming the article had the facts right; that may not be the case.)