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Eighty tons of temporary patch has been placed in potholes along I-57 to try and keep the Interstate open between Salem and Dix.

The heavily patched passing lane of I-57 south of Salem. The driving lane is not open due to large potholes.

$3 Million Emergency Appropriation Approved to Resurface Driving Lane on Southbound I-57

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

State Representative John Cavaletto says a three-million dollar emergency appropriation has been approved to resurface the southbound driving lane of Interstate 57 that has developed large pot holes between Salem and Dix.  Cavaletto says if the weather cooperates the project could begin next week and take about a week to complete.

"The past few days I-DOT shoveled over 80 tons of coal mix on those potholes, and a lot of that came up, so we basically threw money away. Now, we're going to asphalt it over. Hopefully that holds us for a while" Cavaletto said.

Cavaletto says money is not currently available to resurface the passing lane which has been the subject of emergency patching since the driving lane has been barricaded shut since shortly after Christmas.  

He reports the Illinois Department of Transportation is planning to move up the resurfacing of Route 161 at the I-57 interchange. That section of roadway has also developed large potholes and the patching has left a very rough surface.   

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