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Route 65 Rehabilitation



2010 Improvements

Route 65 – Mercer/Grundy/Livingston Counties

Resurface 52 miles from the Iowa Line to Chillicothe. Includes constructing turning lanes at the entrance to the Barton Campus Agriculture Facility of the North Central Missouri College in Trenton. The turning lanes are a cost share project with MoDOT and local partners.

Nov. 16, 2010

Asphalt paving operations are now complete on Route 65 from Chillicothe north to the Iowa State Line.

The focus of the project has now shifted to placing edge drop off treatment from Trenton to Chillicothe and installing pavement marking in the same area. The contractor hopes to have this work completed by Thanksgiving; however, this work is highly weather dependent and could be delayed.

There will be several moving work zones until the work is completed and the pubic is encouraged to be attentive of this fact.


Oct. 15, 2010
The pavement rehabilitation from Trenton north to the Iowa state line is basically complete with only a few minor corrections.

The work from Trenton south continues. The new turn lanes into the Barton Campus just south of Trenton are nearly complete. The grading is completed, permanent erosion control has been installed and the asphalt base placed.

The primary work items remaining are the installation of the riding surfacing (top lift of asphalt), shoulders and pavement marking. The five lane section of pavement in Chillicothe was milled and overlaid since the last update. Currently, the surface course of asphalt is being placed from Chillicothe to Trenton. This work will take approximately two weeks to complete. Upon its completion the contractor will place the surfacing on the Barton Campus access and the remaining shoulders from Trenton to Chillicothe.

The project is progressing rapidly with the recent good weather.

Oct. 1, 2010

Progress on the paving of Rte. 65 has been very successful.

All paving north of Trenton (jct. of Rte. 65 & 6) is complete. The installation of the pavement marking has started from the Iowa state line south to Rte. 6.

The pavement marking has three phases:

1) Install what is commonly called a “drip line.” This allows the contractor to determine the final location of the pavement marking prior to its installation.

2) Installation of the rumbles, which is currently ongoing. These will be installed from just south of Princeton to Trenton over the next few days.

3) Installation of the white and yellow markings, the “lane lines.” These should be installed for the noted section by the end of next week.  

South of Trenton paving operations are still ongoing. The contractor is installing the first lift of asphalt from Trenton to Chillicothe. This first layer of asphalt should be completed by early next week and pavement of the surfacing can commence.

Sept. 10, 2010

Mainline paving of the SuperPave asphalt, SP-125, has been completed from the intersection of Route 6 in Trenton north to the Iowa State Line. Work in this portion of the corridor will now shift to the construction of the shoulder and entrances.

Shoulder work began today. The shoulder work should be completed sometime next week, weather permitting, in this section.

Construction signs will be installed south of the intersection of Route 6 down to Chillicothe next week. Actual construction will begin on the south sections as soon as these signs are installed and the work in the northern section of the corridor is sufficiently complete to allow the diversion of manpower and equipment. Activity on the Barton Campus entrance has been minimal this past week due to wet weather; however, aggregate base was placed on the project.

Grading operations are expected to resume next week, weather permitting.

Sept. 1, 2010

MoDOT announces contractor plans to begin a resurfacing project to 20.5 miles of Route 65 from the north edge of Chillicothe to Trenton beginning Monday, September 13 or Tuesday, September 14, weather permitting.

The process will begin with the contractor removing the existing top surface of the roadway in the five-lane section of Route 65 on the north edge of Chillicothe.  This removal process is called milling. The millings will then be recycled and used to resurface the roadway. This work will start near the south entrance of Casey’s General Store in the five-lane section and continue north 1.5 miles to the end of the five-lane section. This process should take approximately two days.

When the milling has been completed crews will begin resurfacing in the same area; then continue the resurfacing project north to Trenton.

Lanes of traffic will be reduced in the work zone areas and speed limits lowered. Motorists should use caution and expect some moderate delays.

As the work continues on the corridor in Mercer, Grundy and Livingston Counties, the contractor, Norris Asphalt Paving, is currently working on the resurfacing project just north of Trenton. The resurfacing is essentially complete from the Iowa line south to Grundy County. Construction of the Barton Campus Entrance and access roadway, S.E. Eighth Street, in Trenton is also ongoing. The earth grading is complete and the contractor will begin paving that area in the near future.

MoDOT will issue weekly updates on the progress of the $12 million improvements to Route 65 throughout the remainder of the work, which is expected to be completed by November 1, weather permitting.

June14, 2010

Work on $12 million dollar improvements began.  All work is expected to be completed by November 1, 2010.

2009 Improvements

Route 65 – Saline County

Resurface 17 miles (7 miles southbound and 10 miles northbound) from south of Marshall to the Pettis County line. Includes ramps at the Rte. 65/I-70 interchange and a diamond-grinding treatment to smooth a three-mile southbound concrete section. Project began March 16, 2009.

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