MoDOT alerting residents of summer detours

9 months 2 hours 54 minutes ago June 23, 2016 Jun 23, 2016 Thursday, June 23 2016 Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:35:00 PM CDT in News
By: Amina Petonjic, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning mid-Missouri residents of summer work zones that will bring traffic delays and heavy congestion.

MoDOT is asking residents to be cautious on Interstates 70 and 44 as they will be experiencing road resurfacing and bridge repairs. Many lane restrictions will be happening along 54/63 going into Jefferson City because of bridge construction and interstates, including I-35 and I-435.

MoDOT said these zones will have slow moving traffic and delays moving into the peak of summer.

Mike Schupp an area engineer with MoDOT said the department knows all the construction is affecting a lot of people, but some of Missouri's infrastructure and bridges are in need of repairs and will benefit all after completion.

"It affects your commute. People get very apprehensive when they have to wait in traffic, that's just human nature. So we realize it's an inconvenience when we're out there working on these projects, but it's something that has to be done. Nobody wants to drive across a bad road, so we have to do the construction under traffic and do the best we can," Schupp said.

John Blaine with Paving Foreman said people need to start paying attention on roads during summer because MoDOT expects to be working on these zones for quite some time.

“We’re going to be out here for quite awhile. We’ve got a big 45 day jump coming here in June. We’re going to be out here 24 hours a day for most of that," Blaine said.

Most of the zones are expected to be complete in fall, and anyone wanting to find more information on detours in his or her area can visit MoDOT.org. 

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