District 1 commissioner John Clarke is reminding residents that traffic on a Future Farmer Road overpass has been narrowed to a single lane of passage and the speed limit has been reduced.
The Ottawa County commissioner received word Aug. 1 from the Turnpike Authority that repairs would begin that week on an overpass that was damaged recently when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer hit the bridge spanning I-44.
District 1 crews immediately made the traffic adjustments at the site, according to Clarke.
Future Farmer Road is a main collector of traffic between Quapaw and Peoria, according to Clarke, and drivers are asked to heed the signs and signals that now alert them to the traffic change.
Clarke is advising added caution as school bus traffic will now be crossing the overpass.
“It is dangerous situation,” Clarke said as he issued a warning to pranksters who may be planning to remove traffic signs at the site.
“We have had a problem in the past with vandals playing havoc with traffic signs,” Clarke said. “I have already asked that the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office patrol the site.”
Clarke said the lane closure is indefinite and will reopen at the conclusion of the overpass repair.
“The only other option I have is to close the bridge,” Clarke said. “I don't want to do that.”