U.S. Route 61 at Center Junction to Close Overnight Next Week
Contractor Set to Demolish I-55 Northbound Bridge
Construction of the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 55 and U.S. Route 61 (mile marker 99) between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Missouri, continues with overnight closures planned next week.
Weather permitting, Route 61/Kingshighway will be closed at I-55 while contractor crews demolish the northbound I-55 bridge overnight. Work will take place Monday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. All Interstate 55 ramps will remain open. Route 61 will be closed from Orchard Road to Veterans Drive during demolition.
A $17,476,608 contract was awarded to Penzel Construction Co., Inc., for construction of a diverging diamond interchange and replacement of two Interstate 55 bridges at the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route 61 (Kingshighway/Jackson Boulevard) in Cape Girardeau County in January 2020.
What are the benefits of converting the existing interchange to a diverging diamond interchange?
Diverging diamond interchanges work well in areas of heavy traffic. Approximately 23,000 vehicles per day travel through the interchange. A major benefit of the DDI design is it allows motorists to make left turns without crossing in front of oncoming traffic. It will also improve traffic flow onto and off of the interstate ramps.
Public Meeting Held August 21, 2018
MoDOT held a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 to discuss replacing the Interstate 55 bridges over Highway 61 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Mo., and converting the existing interchange to a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). The meeting was held at the Osage Centre in Meeting Room 2, located at 1625 North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, Mo.