Rain fall has continued to pour throughout northeast Missouri over the last couple of weeks. With all of this rain water, has come a significant amount of flooding. Not only has the flood water caused damage to roads and bridges, but it has also closed many of the highly traveled roads in northeast Missouri. At one point, fifty roads in the northeast were closed due to high water levels along the roadways. MoDOT’s Communications team was hard at work developing communication plans for these closures and assisting travelers in their routes across the state.
One of the heavily impacted roads was U.S. Highway 61 just north of Troy over the Cuivre River. While this highly traveled road being closed was problematic enough, other issues also arose. Both the north and southbound lanes were closed several times over the last few weeks due to flooding and scour on the bridges. Detours were set up in the area in order to keep traffic moving, but the more it rained, the more roads that had to closed, including areas of Missouri Route 79. This created problems for MoDOT and motorists because Missouri Route 79 was being used as a detour route (as it often is) for U.S. 61, and its closure rerouting traffic more difficult.
Following the closure of U.S. 61 at Troy, U.S. 61 at Taylor also had to be closed due to an unanticipated levee break. MoDOT quickly managed to reroute drivers to Missouri Route C and Missouri Route 6 as a detour. But of course, when it rains, it pours; a semi accident occurred on Route C shortly after it was made to a detour, thus closing that route for some time as well.
Amidst all of this flooding trouble, MoDOT employees have been hard at work answering travelers’ questions, providing safe alternate routes, and keeping travelers informed on conditions of the roadways. This was in part done through the use of our phone system, press releases, and especially through social media. The Northeast District’s Facebook page gained over 600 new likes in the last couple of weeks alone, and many of the customers we assisted contacted us through Facebook.
MoDOT received many thanks and encouraging words for all of the hard work on behalf of all employees including, “Thank you for keeping us up to date! Much appreciated!” Another post in regards to the re-opening of U.S. 61 at Taylor stated, “Let’s hear it for those that worked to get this done!” This hard work among all of the MoDOT employees has definitely not gone unrecognized, and we should be proud!