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For more information, please contact Project Manager Eric Krapf at (573) 472-5261 or Resident Engineer Darius Dowdy at (573) 243-0899.

January 06, 2010 12:00 AM
Commission Awards Contract for Interstate 55 Work in Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties

SIKESTON - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract during its regular meeting today for improvements to Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties.  The $13,705,018 contract was awarded to Chester Bross Construction Co./C.B. Equipment Inc., Hannibal, Mo. 

The project includes grading and paving in the northbound lanes from the Route 61 interchange at Fruitland to the Route B interchange near Biehle. 

With the type of work scheduled to occur at the Route E interchange, the northbound on and off ramps will be closed.    

One of the things that MoDOT examines when choosing where to construct lane connections is the amount of adverse travel closing the route would cause. 

"By closing Route E, motorists will only be impacted when traveling north," said Project Manager Eric Krapf.  "For example, those leaving Oak Ridge and traveling north will travel an additional 3.5 miles when utilizing Routes E, D and KK.  Motorists traveling north to Oak Ridge will see even less of an impact, by only adding 0.8 miles to their trip when utilizing Route 61 and E."   

The project is expected to begin in spring 2010, with completion anticipated in fall 2010, weather permitting. 

Work zones will be marked with signs as the improvements are being made.  Drivers are urged to use extreme caution near the work zones and plan for possible delays.  MoDOT will alert drivers prior to any change in traffic. 

For more information, please contact Krapf at (573) 472-5261, Resident Engineer Darius Dowdy at (573) 243-0899 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).  Additional information is also available on the Southeast District website at http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/UpdateonI-55_CapeandPerryCounties_Nov2009.pdf

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