The Illinois State Police have advised of traffic impedance and road closures during the daytime hours from Thursday, July 6 to Saturday, July 8. They will be assisting the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with an oversized equipment permit move for the counties of Clay, Effingham, Jasper and Crawford.
This extra-large move is 26 feet wide, 306 feet long, and 898,000 pounds, spread over 26 axles. The unit will begin traveling from south of Flora northward on U.S. 45 to U.S. 50 eastward. Then, traveling north on the Dieterich Blacktop. Finally, the equipment will take Illinois Route 33 east to Robinson. In order to make preparations to allow the very large load to maneuver safely to its final destination, the route will be temporarily closed to other vehicles in sections. Be alert for slowed or stopped traffic.
There will be IDOT message boards for information on road closures. Illinois State Police and IDOT would appreciate everyone's patience as they work to bring the super-sized load through our areas.