Several crashes, some fatal, have occurred in the area of the construction zone on Interstate 55 between Hamel and Illinois 143 since late October, according to police and local officials.
That’s when traffic was reduced by one lane in each direction for road repairs.
Now, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is asking the head of IDOT to take a closer look at the highway and possible causes of the carnage. At least five people have lost their lives due to crashes in the affected area.
Manar says he's not an engineer, but recognizes there is something not right about the frequency of the crashes in recent weeks.
The construction work on that stretch of interstate is expected to last through late September 2018.