Route K Closing Angers Area Folks
Backhoes and earthmovers are the only vehicles there these days, as crews raise the road in some places and lower it in others to connect with Scott Boulevard.
And area businesses feel the impact of K's closing.
One customer at Lucy's Restaurant in McBaine said the lunch crowd is smaller.
"I don't know why in the world they'd close a state road and keep it closed," complained Bub Crane.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said a bypass would have been too time-consuming and difficult.
"We figured two months shut-down time would be a lot [more] economical and faster than adding all these costs to this road which was really not necessary," explained MoDOT's Charles Sullivan, who said the two-mile project should be done by mid-August.
A detour, from Route K across Nifong Boulevard, down Old Mill Creek Road and back to Route K, doubles the usual driving time to McBaine and nearby areas.
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