Drivers can expect to experience temporary traffic impacts, beginning the week of July 18, as resurfacing work begins on Route J in Audrain County from Bus 54 in Mexico to U.S. Route 54 at Basinger Corner, the total length of improvement is 17.8 miles. This project is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.
The $6.1M contract, awarded last year to Emery Sapp & Sons, includes two additional resurfacing projects in Audrain County at the following locations:
- U.S. Route 54 – Resurfacing from Route J in Mexico to Route 19 south junction near Martinsburg. Work within the city limits and extending to near the airport will be completed during nighttime hours of 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. when traffic volumes are lower. The total length of improvement is 11.57 miles. The remaining work to be done during daylight hours. (Scheduled to begin mid-August with the tentative completion date of early October.)
- Route KK – Resurfacing from Route J to Route B near Rush Hill. All work within the city limits will be completed during nighttime hours, between 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. when traffic volumes are lower. The remaining work to be done during the daytime. The total length of improvement is 6.7 miles. (Scheduled to begin early August with tentative completion date of mid-August)
“Traffic will be reduced to one lane during the day at the location where crews are actively working for the duration of the project,” explained Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Jeff Kroner. “For the safety of the crews and the traveling public, we would like to remind drivers to be attentive in work zones and put down your cell phones to eliminate distractions,” he added.
Flaggers and a pilot car will direct motorists through the work zone. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place for the duration of the project. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as schedule changes occur.