WMBD/WYZZ TV –
Rudy Arnold cringes every time he travels Route 26. "Look at it! People have to drive over it everyday." In-between Lacon and Henry, the road has
deteriorated so bad, many people avoid it altogether by off-roading it on the
shoulder. It's prompted
Nothing seemed to work... So he called us. "We received a few complaints in that
area over the last few months." IDOT
Operational Engineer Shane Larson tells us it's been more than a decade since
any major work has been done here. But
just days after
It only took a few hours to pave over the worst patch of Route 26. Larson says this area was a top priority -- he says work wasn't supposed to start until late spring. Plans started moving faster as the road continued to crumble. "The pavement condition was just deteriorating to the point where it was more than our maintenance crews could handle."
Thanks to the help of at least one concerned citizen, from now on - it will be smooth sailing on Route 26.
IDOT officials say the rest of Route 26 will be paved soon. Workers also urge you to call them to report any unsafe road conditions. "Streets of Speed" will return next week, on WMBD 31 News.