BRIMFIELD  The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that overnight closures of Interstate 74 at the Bell School Road interchange (exit 71) begin May 13. 

The closure is necessary to install new bridge beams over I-74 and will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 13 and May 16.  The Illinois State Police will be present, and electronic message signs will be utilized to inform motorists prior to the closures. 

All traffic will be detoured at the Bell School Road exit, and the on-ramp will be used to get back on the interstate. 

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment. 

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