HANNIBAL, MO - There's good news for the residents of Pike County and Ashburn, as well as Missouri 79 Scenic Byway travelers. Work to replace the new one-mile section of MO 79 in the Salt River Bottoms near Ashburn is halfway finished.
MO 79 has been closed since November 2009 after a portion of the road gave way to a slide. "Crews have finished the clearing and are hauling rock fill for the road base," reported Jerad Noland, district design engineer with MoDOT. "By mid September crews will begin dirt operations on the road base," Noland explained. The contractor, Kolb Grading, utilized a nearby private borrow area to produce crushed rock and dirt for the road base. "This allowed the contractor to save time and reduce the overall construction cost by hauling material for the road base from a nearby location instead of from quarries miles away," added Noland. MoDOT anticipates the road should be open to traffic the first week of November, weather permitting.
Pictures of the work, as well as those of the old roadway affected by the slide can be found at Route 79 relocation. If you have questions about this project or other transportation-related issues, you may visit the project website at www.modot.org/northeast or call MoDOT's customer service center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT during normal business hours or email MoDOT at firstname.lastname@example.org.