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
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.
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
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.
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.