HANNIBAL - Just as motorists were getting comfortable with their commute into Hannibal, MoDOT and its contractor will begin the final phase of resurfacing on MO 79 next week just south of Hannibal. Weather permitting on Monday morning, September 9 at approximately 8 a.m., work will begin on second phase of the two-phase project from Continental Cement to Route T/Fulton Avenue near A. D. Stowell School.
During this phase of the project, traffic will be two-way on the three lane section from Fulton Avenue to just north of Mark Twain Cave; the remaining section of MO 79 from just north of the entrances to Mark Twain Cave and Campground, and Sawyer's Creek will be one lane controlled by a timed signal. This week, crews will install signs and other traffic control devices so they will be in place before Monday morning traffic. There will be a 10-foot width restriction in the work zone and a reduced speed limit of 35 m.p.h.
Crews and equipment will be working close to traffic, so drivers are asked to use extra caution while traveling through the work zone area. Delays should be expected, please allow ample driving time to your destination or take an alternate route during construction.
Access to tourist attractions such as Lovers Leap, Mark Twain Cave and Campground, and Sawyer's Creek will remain open to the public. Work should be completed by late early October. The project was awarded to Chester Bross Construction Co., Inc. of Hannibal, MO at a cost of $4,418,953.81.
All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. Those traveling and the commuting public are encouraged to check the online map at www.modot.org daily for new work zones. Drivers are also invited to rate MoDOT work zones online at modot.org. MoDOT also offers e-update messages sent directly to your email when roadwork is scheduled. Sign up online or call MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-275-6636.