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.