Aerial mapping of I-70 postponed Saturday morning

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COLUMBIA - Cloudy conditions Saturday morning forced the Missouri Department of Transportation and independent contractor Wilson and Company to postpone 3-D aerial mapping again. 

The independent contractor said the Federal Aviation Administration requires an hour wait after the University of Missouri's football game against Central Florida before Wilson and Company can send a helicopter into the air.

"The mapping of I-70 may take place today. The partly cloudy conditions before the game didn't allow for enough of a break in the clouds to acquire any data this morning," Wilson and Company manager Derek Smith said in an email to KOMU 8 News.

Smith said the LiDAR and imagery acquisition of this project in perfect conditions would take approximately 6-8 hours.

LiDAR technology does not require sunlight.

The flyover was postponed Thursday because of weather as well.

MoDOT said 3D mapping of an 800 foot wide, five and a half mile stretch of I-70 will cost nearly $115,000.

MoDOT engineer Travis Koestner said bridges over Business Loop 70 near West Boulevard, Garth Avenue and Rangeline Street need replacement.

"They're safe now, but we will need to replace them and we are going to replace them here within the next year and a half," Koestner said.

MoDOT is scheduled to start work on the bridges in 2015.