EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Working with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Representative Adam Niemerg (D) is continuing efforts to address the number of crashes along Interstate 70 between Effingham and Montrose.

Niemerg released a statement regarding the frequent vehicle crashes, citing multiple accidents along the specified stretch of interstate that have involved semis.

“I appreciate the efforts of the ISP and IDOT to add signage, increase trooper patrol, and the additional barricades added along this work zone to allow access to emergency vehicles which is a positive step in helping with this safety concern from constituents,” said Rep. Niemerg. “They are considering adding rumble strips as well to draw attention to drivers to be more alert in this work zone. It is also crucial for drivers to respect the reduced speed limits and stay alert by avoiding using their cell phones while driving.”

As a response to the requests for an increased patrol presence, the Illinois State Police commander confirmed that ISP has been in contact with IDOT to set up a time in which a Trooper rides in an IDOT truck, and reports distracted driving violations to other Troopers stationed in patrol cars for enforcement action along the way. 

ISP continues to stay present in the work zones throughout the week thanks to grant funding that supplements their budget.

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