U.S. Route 50 Expansion Reaches Halfway Point
OSAGE COUNTY - The four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 50 in Osage County, from the Route 50/63 junction to County Road 604 west of Linn, has reached the halfway mark.
Currently, the 6.6-mile expansion project is on schedule to be completed by the September 2014 target date and is also on pace to come in on budget.
Progress to date on the $25.5 million project has included completion of 70 percent of the planned excavation work, the construction of box culverts and the construction of a new Maries River bridge. This innovative bridge includes a support structure and girders made of a state-of the-art concrete mix that is stronger and costs less than traditional materials.
Depending on the weather, work on the Route A overpass should begin sometime after the first of the year and paving of the concrete driving surface could begin as early as the spring of 2014.
"Looking ahead, it's going to be kind of quiet for the rest of 2013, at least as far as motorists are concerned," said Missouri Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Terry Imhoff. "We'll continue with excavation and constructing embankments during the rest of 2013, but with most of the work on the new alignment happening off of the highway, motorists won't experience any traffic impacts when driving on the existing highway."
When completed, the new realignment will remove many of the hills, curves and access points drivers currently have to navigate, greatly improving safety and traffic flow on Route 50.
Iron Mountain Services of Maryland Heights, Mo., is the contractor on the project.
This project is one of the last major expansions scheduled for Route 50, though MoDOT's five-year construction program does contain money for preliminary design of new highway lanes around Linn.
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