Driving I-55 This Weekend, Pack A Lunch…


If you plan to drive I-55 this weekend, you might want to pack a lunch.

MDOT will be doing construction this Saturday and Sunday and creating a traffic

nightmare for drivers.

On Saturday construction crews will be installing poles and guardrails a mile north of Star Landing Road and one mile north of Hernando.

Traffic will be down to single lanes in both directions.

On Sunday crews will return to begin installing overhead messages boards.

The work will begin at the Hernando site at 5 a.m. and will shut down the far right lane heading northbound on I-55.

At 10 a.m., all northbound lanes on I-55 will be closed for approximately 20 minutes.

The far right lane is expected to be reopened by noon.

Once complete, the construction crews will then head north to the Star Landing site where they will block the right hand lane until 6 p.m.

The entire interstate will be closed for 20 minutes at 5 p.m.

Plan for long delays both days.

Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes and use extreme caution in work zones.