Lane shifts on WB 55/64 in East Saint Louis

EAST SAINT LOUIS, IL (KTVI)-A new traffic pattern in the Metro East could cause delays over the next few months for drivers during their morning commute.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shifted traffic on I-55/64 westbound between Third Street and Tudor Avenue approaching the Poplar Street Bridge.

The change was scheduled to happen Thursday (April 20), but IDOT moved it up one day because of the rainy forecast.

Traffic was shifted to the right two lanes on the interstate. It's part of the work to connect eastbound traffic on the Martin Luther King Bridge to westbound 55/64.

IDOT officials said 'extensive delays' are expected in the area of the roadwork during morning rush hours. Drivers may avoid this area by using the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge or the MLK bridge.

Lane closures are expected through the summer.

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