Replacement of a portion of state Route 13 east of state Route 1 at Junction in Gallatin County should be completed by next week, Illinois Department of Transportation Engineer Larry Henk says.
"I think it must be completed within seven calendar days," Henk said.
He believes the work should be complete by Sunday night.
The project involves the replacement of about 1,000 feet of highway on the eastbound lane of state Route 13 beginning at state Route 1, a portion of the road that has been in a broken and potholed state for some time. The section of highway receives heavy wear from semi tractor-trailers hauling coal to unload at the Ohio River in Old Shawneetown.
Construction crews are working 24 hours a day to expedite the project. Motorists need to be prepared to receive instruction from flaggers through the night and move onto the westbound lane.
The crew began the work Monday tearing out the old road and will be laying rock covered in 4 inches of asphalt and covering that with 10 1/2 inches of concrete, Henk said.
He said coal truck drivers have expressed their appreciation for the summer replacement of a section of state Route 34 between Harrisburg and Raleigh and he believes the coal haulers will also appreciate the smoother ride at Junction.