Get ready for that sinking feeling again. Deer Run Mine has informed the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office and other county agencies that Route 185 will begin seeing subsidence between Hillsboro and Coffeen again starting Tuesday. The road will remain open at a reduced speed during the mining process which we expect to last approximately 60 days. They have already placed changeable message boards at the specified locations stated in our IDOT permit, and we will begin placing barricades along the shoulder of the road once subsidence begins to alert the public of our presence. Road crews will be working along the road as mining progresses, patching and temporarily smoothing the surface until final repairs can be made once subsidence is complete.
Deer Run officials say it is their intention to insure the traveling public complete safety when passing through this work zone, and in some rare occasions they may have no option but to close the road during this period. Any closures would be brief, and would not likely extend more than 4 hours. These closures (if necessary) will be reported immediately through the IDOT and of course on WSMI and www.WSMIradio.com. .