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US 63

Kirksville, MO

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Family Spree on the new Hwy 63

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Alternate Route 63


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ribbon cutting

Dignitaries symbolically "cut the ribbon" to signify the importance of the new Highway 63 in Kirksville.


September 20, 2011

Northbound traffic on US 63 in Adair County will be re-routed onto the newly constructed portion of Business Route 63 at the south end of the Alternate Route at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday September 23.

This re-routing of traffic will allow the contractor to construct a portion of the tie-in of the Alternate Route to the existing Route 63 in this area.

All work is weather dependent and could be delayed or rescheduled.

Motorists should pay close attention to signs and use extra caution on the area as traffic gets accustomed to the new pattern.

September 12, 2011

North Project - Nearly all of the major paving items are complete. The only mainline paving that remains is the tie-ins on the north end of the project. These tie-ins will be made as soon as traffic is placed on the Alternate Route. During this time motorists will have to access Route 63 north of Kirksville by getting on the Alternate Route at Route P, Route 11, Route 6, or Dogwood Lane, and utilizing a short temporary by-pass (2000') near Lawson Hill Antiques. Traffic will be in this configuration while the contractor makes the Business 63 tie-in near MFA. Once this tie-in is completed, the North Business 63 interchange will become fully operational. The tie-in near Lawson Hill Antiques should be completed shortly thereafter. The amount of time required to make these connections will be highly weather dependant.

South Project - Both bridge decks have been poured. This will allow the paving to continue south across Bear Creek. The Contractor has begun making the Business 63 tie-ins, and will begin the Alternate 63 tie-ins shortly.Both projects have a fair amount of detail work that must be completed prior to opening, including: signing, lighting, rumble strips, and striping. Most of this work is contingent on getting the shoulder work completed.

See New Photos (dated Sept. 2011)

August 10, 2011

Check out the most recent video showing construction of the new lanes on MO 6 south of Kirksville.

This video was taken on August 8.

You can also check out the video at: http://youtu.be/go69BVBi0tg


August 12, 2011

The construction of Route 6 between Radical Ridge Way and Jamison Street made great progress this week as work continued to construct the new alignment of Route 6 to match the new Alternate Route 63.  So far the project is on schedule to open to traffic by August 21. 

Here’s an update on the Route 6 construction this week:

  • Paving took place on the east and west sections of Route 6 and on the Alternate Route through this area.
  • Turn lanes were built on the north side of Route 6 and the west turning lanes paved.
  • Today (Friday) the south turn lanes will be built and the pavement placed, weather permitting.
  • Once the concrete pavement has time to cure to sufficient strength, the contractor will begin constructing the shoulders.


August 4, 2011

MO 6 between Radical Ridge Way and Jamison St. closed Monday, July 25. The contractor proceeded with removing the old pavement and graded MO 6 to its new alignment with the alternate route. A box culvert also was placed under the new MO 6 during this time. Earthwork was completed Thursday, July 28, and the contractor had planned to begin base rock operations on Friday, July 29, three days ahead of schedule. Unfortunately, rain pushed through the area on Friday and Saturday, dumping 2.3" of rain on the project.

Base rock operations began on Monday, August 1, and were finished by Wednesday, August 3, as originally scheduled. The contractor plans to pave MO 6 beginning on Friday, August 5.

The road is expected to reopen by August 21.

Updated photos of the project can be found online by clicking here.

July 15, 2011

The closure of Route 6 in Kirksville has been postponed to Monday, July 25 at 7:00 a.m. to accommodate traffic attending the NEMO Fair.  A section of Route 6 approximately 1 mile east of Rte. 63, between Jamison St. and Radical Ridge Way, will close to traffic to allow for construction of a new alignment of Route 6 to match the new Alternate Route 63.  Spencer Lane will also be closed at its intersection with Rotue 6.

CJ Moyna and Sons, the contractor constructing Alternate Route 63, originally planned to close the roadway in June, but weather delays pushed the pending closure to July 18.  However, public concerns regarding the closure occurring during the NEMO Fair prompted MoDOT engineers to work closely with the contractor, to reschedule the work.  “We certainly appreciate the cooperation from CJ Monya to postpone this work to accommodate the traffic concerns,” said Construction Engineer Dennis Brucks.  “We will work together with the contractor to do everything possible to keep the project on schedule to allow the highway to be open to traffic this fall.”

Construction of the alignment is anticipated to take 28 days to complete.  Weather permitting, the route is expected to reopen to traffic by August 21.

A posted detour will be provided during the closure between US 63 and Route 6.  Detour signs will guide motorists along routes KK and F.


June 21, 2011

South Project

The earthwork is complete except for the tie in at the south end of the project. This work will take place once the paving crews reach the area. Traffic on northbound 63 will be reduced to one lane.

The contractor is scheduled to set girders for the Bear Creek bridge and the Business 63 bridge late next week. Once the girders are set the contractor will need about 4 weeks to form and pour the bridge decks.

The intersection with Dogwood Lane has been graded, and much of the base rock placed. The contractor hopes to begin paving this intersection next week.

North Project

The Business 63 interchange bridge is complete.

The temporary by-pass at the north connection has been graded. Traffic will be placed on this during the initial opening so that the north connection to existing 63 can be made.

Base rock operations are ongoing. Nearly everything north of Route P will be in place by the end of the week. This is where the contractor intends on beginning paving. Base rock and paving will proceed from north to south as fast as weather will allow.

The house north of Route 6 has been demolished. The contractor will performing earthwork operations in the Route 6 vicinity in the coming days. The contractor is trying to complete as much of this work as possible prior to closing Route 6. Some of the work will require Route 6 traffic to stop. Flaggers will be in place for this work.

The closure date for Route 6 is still unknown at this time. Paving will need to be nearing completion on the north end prior to closing the roadway. With good weather, this could happen the latter half of July.

May 13, 2011

South Project

The South Project has had the most activity in recent weeks. Earthwork is progressing, but has been delayed once again by the wet and cool weather. The retaining walls for the south flyover bridge should be complete by next week and bridge work should commence immediately thereafter. Pile driving is scheduled to resume on the Bear Creek bridge next week as well.

North Project

The contractor is trying to finish up the Business 63 interchange bridge. The approaches are being poured this week and the barrier curb should be done by late next week.

They are also beginning the grading work for the temporary by-pass at the north connection near Lawson Hill Antiques.

The contractor has been preparing the sub-grade for base rock from just south of Lincoln St. to the north end. They should start laying base rock next week, and the area should be ready for concrete paving shortly afterward. The contractor intends on having a large area ready, so that when the paving crews arrive things will change rapidly.

The contractor was able to finish and seed about 10 acres of roadway slopes this week.

The plans to relocate the house just north of Route 6 have fallen through, but crews are salvaging what materials they can. Once they have salvaged the majority of the house, the contractor will demolish the remains and the foundation. This work must be completed prior to closing Route 6.

The closure date of Route 6 is still unknown at this time. The house needs to be demolished and there is still a substantial amount of earthwork that will need to be done prior to the closure. The paving crews will also need to be on site. Progress in this area is not anticipated until concrete paving at the north end is nearing completion.

In addition to the Alternate 63 work that has been taking place, a separate contract to overlay Routes P and 11 between the Alternate Route and Baltimore St. was awarded over the winter to Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal. Their crews have completed the overlay of Routes P and 11 and will continue out of town on Route 11 to Route 15 over the coming days. The new overlays should improve the connectivity between Baltimore St. and Alternate 63 once it opens in the fall.

March 22, 2011

New video added of the deck pour at the north interchange on March 22, 2011. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5smOvUXFbdU

March 10, 2011

As weather permits, the substructure work on the bridge at Bear Creek continues. The contractor is moving in equipment to begin the retaining wall construction at the Bus. 63 bridge near Eagle Lane. Much drier conditions and warmer temperatures are needed before earthwork and paving can resume.

February 18, 2011

The project web cam is now available to view online. The web cam gives the ability to view the project in near real-time segments.

Click here to check it out!

January 14, 2011

New video added of the concrete pour at the Bear Creek Bridge on January 6, 2011. Check it out at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt-G_eQ_bMQ

January 14, 2011

Alternate Route 63 Bridge Work Video on Web Site

-- Web Cam Coming Soon --

Until the recent snow storm hit earlier this week, construction crews had been working steadily on the south end of the Alternate Route 63 project at Kirksville. Since most of the construction is taking place in areas only visible from a bird’s eye view, MoDOT will periodically post video clips on its web site of construction work taking place along the 8.5-mile project.

The first video, taken last week, shows crews working on the new bridge over Bear Creek.  This short video shows concrete being poured into one of the formed pillars for the bridge.

As new videos are posted on the web site MoDOT will send alerts using news releases, e-updates, Twitter and Facebook.

Another way for MoDOT to share progress on the construction is through a web cam, which should be up and running sometime in February, weather permitting. The web cam will be installed near the south end of the project where the Alternate Route will connect to the existing US 63. The web cam will be linked to MoDOT’s web site, so visitors to the site can watch real-time progress of the bridge construction. The web cam archives the photo images so you can see what takes place on any given day.

November 23, 2010

South Project

Grading and culvert installation is well under way. Grading is nearly complete between Spencer Ln. and Bear Creek. Seeding is taking place this week. The bridge fills are nearly complete at the Bear Creek bridge.

The contractor plans to move to the Bus. 63 over Alt. 63 (flyover) bridge as early as tomorrow. Having the bridge fills completed will allow the bridge contractor to work on the bridges over the winter.

Eagle Lane could close within the next few weeks to allow construction of the Business 63 bridge fill. Laurel Lane could possibly be closed this year.

North Project

Route 11 has opened as planned. No further closures of state routes are planned this year. Route 6 is planned for early spring. It will be a 28 day closure.

The Patterson Street bridge is nearly complete. The barrier curb is scheduled to be poured next week.

The Business 63 bridge should be completed this year, girders and deck panels were set last week. The deck will be ready to pour in two weeks.

Guardrail is scheduled to be installed at several locations next week. The same contractor intends on installing permanent signing where possible at the same time.

Paving is complete from just north of Route P to Patterson Street. Only small pours are planned for the remaining year since the cold temperatures are requiring fresh concrete to be protected from freezing.

Grading is basically complete for the entire job, except for the tie-ins at the north end and the work associated with Route 6.

The contractor plans to continue to work on both projects until weather forces them into winter shut-down.



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