BLOOMINGTON — Drivers can expect delays on two major Twin City thruways thanks to road work that started this week.

U.S. 51 Business from Osage Street to Raab Road, a stretch including all of Main Street on the Illinois State University campus, and Illinois 9 from Towanda Barnes Road to east of Illinois 165, all east of Bloomington, are under construction through the end of November.

"At least one lane will remain open in each direction," according to Illinois Department of Transportation releases on each project. "To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered."

IDOT is overseeing both projects because they're on state roads. Rowe Construction of Bloomington will get $1.5 million to work on Illinois 9 and $300,000 for Main Street.

Construction on Main includes sidewalk upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The affected area includes a commercial district near ISU that gets heavy foot traffic from students.

Work on Illinois 9 includes patching, milling and resurfacing. Illinois 165, also known as County Road 2300 East, runs through Merna.

"Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, restrain from using mobile devices and be on the alert for workers and equipment," according to the release.

Other local roads under construction include Veterans Parkway near Main Street, for resurfacing; Towanda Avenue at Vernon Avenue, for a new turn lane, traffic signal and other upgrades; and Linden Street from Locust Street to Empire Street, for bridge replacement and street widening.

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Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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