JEFFERSON CITY - After being closed since 7 p.m. on Friday for bridge demolition work, a section of U.S. Route 50/63 that runs through Jefferson City is back open to traffic. The stretch of highway, also known as the Rex Whitton Expressway, reopened at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, well before Monday's rush-hour traffic.
"The closure went smoothly, and we didn't experience any major problems," said Missouri Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Terry Imhoff. "Our goal all along was to open the highway before the Monday morning commute, and the contractor worked hard to not only meet, but exceed, that deadline. We appreciate the cooperation we received from travelers, the community and local law enforcement throughout the duration of the closure."
Westbound Route 50 was closed from Clark Avenue to Monroe Street and eastbound Route 50 was closed from Madison Street to Clark Avenue from 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 until reopening at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8. The closure allowed workers to remove the Jackson Street and Chestnut Street bridges, which carry vehicles over the expressway. A new Jackson Street bridge is scheduled to open in August of 2016. The Chestnut Street bridge replacement will be completed in June of this year.
The work is part of the larger Lafayette Street interchange project, a two-year, $20 million project that includes building a new interchange at Route 50 and Lafayette Street; adding a lane in each direction on the Whitton Expressway from Monroe Street to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette to Clark Avenue; and improving six bridges along the corridor.
While the recent closure is the only time the project will close all lanes of Route 50/63, future work will require periodic lane closures. Imhoff said MoDOT would alert the public to any traffic impacts well in advance of the work.
More information about this project, including traffic impact summaries and weekly construction updates, can be found at www.modot.org/central.
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