The Mississippi River has fallen enough at Alton and Grafton for the Illinois Department of Transportation to reopen The Great River Road between US 67 to Route 3, between Alton and Grafton, this evening. Crews spent most of the morning and early afternoon surveying and removing debris from the roadway before making the final call just after 3 p.m.
IDOT's Joe Monroe says the roadway should be open by 5 p.m.
Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton is counting on the road re-opening and has set Tuesday as the date it will be back in business. Argosy Casino at the Alton riverfront re-opened on Saturday, and the water continues to recede from Riverfront Park.
Meanwhile, travel on Highway 67 into Missouri will remain one way in each direction between the Clark Bridge and Missouri Highway 94. The Missouri Department of Transportation planned to assess the situation today before deciding on a reopening of the lower lanes of Highway 67. In the meantime, residents of West Alton who were chased from their homes due to the flood are beginning to return and clean up. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon toured the area over the weekend, promising help with the recovery process. Damage estimates are around one-and-a-half million dollars so far.