Columbia Construction Causes Delays

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COLUMBIA - Drivers started noticing congested traffic Wednesday on the first day of rush hour after construction on the Highway 63 bridges over Stadium Boulevard and Hominy Creek both started Tuesday night.

Southbound traffic on Highway 63 at Stadium Boulevard will be diverted over the exit and entrance ramps at that location Wednesday night at 7. It will allow some unscheduled work to be performed on the shoulders near the bridge that carries Highway 63 over Stadium. It should be done by Thursday at 6 a.m.

MoDOT is planning to work on ten total bridges on Highway 63 from now until Fall 2014. The first four bridges - which include the Highway 63 bridge over Stadium Boulevard North and South, Hominy Creek, and Grindstone Creek - are all expected to be done by mid-May.

By taking the bridges down to one lane, MoDOT plans to rehabilitate the decks of the bridges to make the roads over the bridges smoother and allow them to last longer.

MoDOT construction worker Shane Viers said, "It's going to slow things down through here, so I would find an alternate route if you can. The northbound bridge is going to be 21 days, and it's the same thing there. It's gonna slow things down; we are cutting the capacity of the highway in half."

All bridges will remain open during work, except for the Route WW bridge over Hominy Creek. A detour will be provided for drivers.

Not only did work on various Highway 63 bridges cause congestion, but maintenance work was also scheduled to begin Wednesday morning on Old Highway 63 between Broadway and Bearfield Road. The maintenance will consist of sealing the pavement joints to prevent moisture intrusion. The work should be finished by Friday afternoon.

Construction on Scott Boulevard has also been causing delays in several parts of south and west Columbia.

For more information about these projects or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central.

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