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MoDOT News Release 

May 23, 2006 12:00 AM
MoDOT Announces 2006’s
“Top 10 Work Zones To Look Out For”

JEFFERSON CITY – Travel season is right around the corner.  With Memorial Day coming up and schools closing for the summer, millions of motorists will soon hit the road.  But this year they’ll discover more highway work zones and delays than ever before, because the Missouri Department of Transportation is in the middle of a record-breaking construction season, with well over 1,000 construction zones active throughout the year.

“Missouri’s roads are getting better in a big way this year,” said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn.  “By the end of 2006, every single mile of the state’s busiest highways will be in good condition -- that’s 2,200 miles of smooth roads.

“But that means there will be growing pains for the next few months.  We’ve got some big projects planned that will require motorists’ full attention.”

To help travelers prepare for what’s ahead, MoDOT has put together a list of the state’s top 10 work zones to look out for, based on volume of traffic, amount of work and level of delay.  “These are the projects most likely to slow you down, so avoid them if you can, especially during peak hours,” Rahn said. 

Here, then, from MoDOT’s home office in Jefferson City, is the top 10 list of highway work zones to look out for in 2006, ranked in order of impact.  Most work zones will not be active over the Memorial Day weekend, but it may be necessary for lane closures to remain in place.  For more information on these or other projects around the state, please call 888-ASK-MoDOT or visit www.modot.org.

 Top 10 Work Zones To Look Out For in 2006

1. Kansas City – Interstate 435 Missouri River Bridge -- Reduced to two lanes in each direction, and occasionally to one lane during non-peak hours, for rehabilitation.  Work scheduled from March through October.  Carries 105,000 vehicles per day.  Major delays expected during peak hours.

2. St. Louis – Interstate 44 at Route 109 – Reduced from three lanes to two in each direction for concrete pavement replacement.  Work is ongoing, scheduled through Labor Day.  Carries 73,000 vehicles per day.  Expect major delays. 

3.Lebanon – Interstate 44 east of Lebanon – Ten-mile stretch from Route F to Route 133.  Eastbound lanes closed for pavement and bridge rehabilitation, then lanes closed on westbound side for resurfacing.  Work is underway and will continue through Dec. 1, with head-to-head traffic June 7 through Aug. 10.  Carries 24,000 vehicles a day.  Delays expected during peak travel times. 

4. St. Louis – Interstate 70/64/55 at the Poplar Street Bridge – The downtown bridge over the Mississippi River will have one lane closed in each direction starting June 5 with additional lanes closed during non-rush hours to resurface the bridge deck.  Project completed by fall 2006.  Carries 99,000 vehicles per day.  Expect major delays. 

5. Kansas City – The Triangle (I-435/I-470/Route 71) interchange – Various lane closures for reconstruction.   Work scheduled from March through November.  Carries 225,000 vehicles per day.  Moderate delays expected during peak hours.

6.  Columbia – Interstate 70 from Rocheport to east of Columbia -- Lanes will be reduced at various locations in both directions for resurfacing.  Work is under way, and will be completed in late 2006.  Carries 35,000 vehicles a day.  Expect lane closures day or night throughout the summer.

7. Springfield – Interstate 44 and Route 65 interchange at Springfield -- Reconfigure interchange, including new ramp for northbound-to-westbound traffic. Work scheduled summer 2006 through fall 2007.  I-44 carries 58,000 vehicles a day, and Route 65 carries 55,000 vehicles a day. Delays expected during peak travel times; traffic will have to be detoured onto state routes in town when bridges and lanes are closed at key points during the project. 

8. Cape Girardeau -- Interstate 55 from Scott City to Fruitland – One lane closed for resurfacing from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Work scheduled for April to September.  Carries 28,000 vehicles per day.  Up to 20-minute delays expected.

9. Hannibal -- Route 61 from New London through Hannibal -- Pavement repair and resurfacing started earlier this month and will continue throughout the summer.  Carries 40,000 vehicles a day.  Some night work, but expect one lane to be closed through the summer, which will cause some delays.

10. St. Joseph area -- Interstate 35 from Route C to Route 69 -- Traffic is head to head on the northbound lanes while the southbound lanes are being reconstructed along with bridge work.  Work scheduled from May to October.  Carries 25,000 vehicles per day.  Up to 15-minute delays expected during peak times. 

Editor’s note:  For a graphic illustrating the top ten work zones, as well as downloadable sound bites, please visit MoDOT’s newsroom at www.modot.org/newsroom.




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