MoDOT offers advice on avoiding bad traffic and accidents as schools resume

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COLUMBIA - MoDOT workers were warning drivers to be extra careful as the school year starts.

Columbia Public Schools began its first day of school Tuesday morning and thousands of university students are driving into town for their first day of class next week.

MoDOT's Central District Area Engineer Mike Schupp said he is sure there are increased "fender bender" accidents as well as increased peak hours of traffic.

Some traffic will be unavoidable. Several roads are closed, including US-63 southbound and US-40W ramp to St. Charles Road.

Schupp said, "I hear it every year, it's 'how come you guys are doing this construction while school is going on?' Well, we have a very large system. We have a 750 to 800 million dollar construction program and it's impossible to get that done in a three month period."

Schupp said the 63 connector will especially impact parents and students who are driving to Battle High School.

Schupp gave a list of to-do's to help avoid accidents and road congestion

  • Check MoDOT'S travel and information page
  • Give yourself extra time to get to where you need to be. Avoid rushing
  • Do not text and drive. Distractions are one of the main causes of accidents.

The traffic is expected to go down in the next couple weeks once everyone becomes acclimated with the new driving patterns.

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