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Traffic is reportedly moving again along eastbound Interstate 64 near Mascoutah. Illinois State Police shut down the highway about 6:30 p.m. after a three-vehicle crash near Illinois Route 4.
St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Curtis Schildknecht tells the Belleville News-Democrat that one person was killed in the rollover accident. The name of the victim hasn't been released pending notification of family members.
Eastbound 64 drivers spent as much as three hours stuck on the highway before cars were turned around and guided off the interstate at Illinois Route 158.
Accident reconstruction crews completed their on-site investigation and one lane of the interstate was reopened to traffic by 11 p.m.
It's not clear what caused the accident.
Another interstate closure will delay drivers in the metro-east this weekend.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down westbound Interstate 55/70 between IL Rte. 203 and the I-64 merge starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday.
Eastbound Interstate 64 will remain closed this weekend between 25th Street the split.
Detours using Interstate 255 will be marked.
Both closures are related to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River. Both highways should reopen by Monday morning; Westbound I-55/70 by 5:00 a.m.. Eastbound I-64 by 9:00 a.m.
Monday is the first morning commute since Illinois transportation crews closed a key stretch of Interstate 64.
All lanes of eastbound I-64 are closed between the I-55/70 split and 25th Street. And it's scheduled to remain closed until next Monday morning (Sept. 23).
The closure will allow crews to build connections to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. IDOT reports that the new bridge across the Mississippi River is on track to open early next year (2014).
Construction will cause delays for Interstate 64 drivers in Chesterfield Valley overnight Saturday. Crews will be setting bridge girders for the new ramp from Chesterfield Airport Road to westbound I-64.
Transportation officials say lane closures will start in the eastbound direction at 8:00 p.m. Saturday. And then move to the westbound lanes. The highway will be narrowed to just one lane to allow crews to work. All traffic will be halted for 15 minute intervals while the bridge girders are set into place.
All lanes should be open by 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
The next phase of work on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will require a heavily traveled interstate to be shut down for more than a week.
At 9 p.m. Friday, Illinois transportation crews plan to close eastbound I-64 from the I-55/70 split to 18th Street. It's expected to remain closed until 9 a.m. on Monday, September 23rd.
IDOT officials say the closure is necessary so that crews can build ramps to the new bridge, and drivers should expect long delays until the work is done.
The primary detour is eastbound on I-55/70 to I-255 south, which will add five-to-ten minutes during off-peak hours. Drivers who can avoid the area over the next nine days are advised to do so.