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ISP closes Route 158 from Triple Lakes to Columbia Quarry

By on September 8, 2018 at 9:46 pm

After two reports of a vehicle in a pond off Route 158 in rural Columbia, Illinois State Police shut down the stretch of highway from Triple Lakes Road to Columbia Quarry Road.

Both calls to 911 — at least  one from a passing motorist — were for the same vehicle in the pond, and the driver was still on the scene and uninjured but told emergency responders it was extremely difficult to see where the road ended and the water began.

Columbia Fire Chief Mike Roediger responded to the scene and noted the poor visibility, lack of any light, and hazardous conditions caused by the heavy rainfall in the area earlier. He asked for something like a temporary lighted sign alerting motorists on Route 158 to the danger. As Route 158 is a state highway,  it falls under the jurisdiction of ISP, which initially declined to provide any additional signage or notification for drivers.

But Roediger was persistent and after several rounds of communications among ISP, Columbia dispatch staff, emergency responders and the state trooper on the scene, an ISP supervisor ultimately made the decision to shut down the highway at about 9 p.m.

A flood warning for Monroe County is in effect until 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The extended forecast calls for lower temperatures and 10-20 percent chances for rain throughout the coming week.

Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net