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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Traffic to increase on Harco Road beginning July 7

  • A major construction project on state Route 34 north between American Coal Company in Galatia and Raleigh Road will bring increased traffic to Harco Road for at least 45 days beginning July 7.
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  • A major construction project on state Route 34 north between American Coal Company in Galatia and Raleigh Road will bring increased traffic to Harco Road for at least 45 days beginning July 7.
    During that span of time the stretch of highway will be reduced to one lane. Due to the 20-ton weight limit of Harco Road, loaded coal trucks leaving the Galatia mine will be required to drive on state Route 34 to their unloading area in Shetlerville in Pope County, according to Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown.
    It is their return trip that concerns Brown. It will be more expedient to use Harco Road, but regular travelers on that road will be seeing traffic they have rarely experienced before.
    “They should be prepared for a substantial uptick in traffic,” Brown said.
    Brown asks everyone to obey the speed limit and for truck traffic to be aware of the agricultural traffic and Amish community horse and buggy traffic on Harco Road.
    Saline County Highway Engineer Jeff Jones said the county has granted permission for empty coal trucks to use Harco Road as a detour, however signs could cause confusion. Some parts of Harco Road permit only 20 ton vehicles, but stretches — at the south between New Route 13 to Harco and at the north end between Netty Green Road and state Route 34 — are marked to permit heavier traffic to accommodate the mines that operated or have operated there. However, loaded coal trucks and other overweight vehicles should use state Route 34.
    Brown says motorists should also be aware of the July 7 planned closure of Old Route 13 west of Harrisburg for a bridge replacement between Carrier Mills Road and Hankins Road.

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