ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A new driving surface is coming to U.S. Route 59 south of St. Joseph. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Herzog Contracting Corporation to resurface just over 13 miles of U.S. Route 59 from Route 752 in St. Joseph to just north of Route 45. Crews will mill off the old surface and then lay down new asphalt through this area.
Though the contractor had postponed plans to resurface both the mainline and the left-turn lane on southbound U.S. Route 59 at Route 45, they were able to begin the turn lane work, taking advantage of the reduced traffic due to the U.S. Route 59 flooding closure west of Route 45. The turn lane will reopen once the pavement cures.
For the mainline work, crews plan to patch on the edge and in the center of the roadway beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, then move to milling and overlaying the entire route within the project limits.
Crews will work during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday. Some work may occur on Sundays, if necessary, to complete the project on schedule. A pilot car will be used to guide vehicles through the work zone. The contractor hopes to have all work completed in early November.
Motorists who regularly travel this area should be alert and watch for roadway signs and workers. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled.
MoDOT encourages all travelers to slow down, especially in work zones, as there will be large equipment and workers near the driving lanes. As always, please buckle up, eliminate distractions, pay attention and drive safely so everyone is able to Arrive Alive.
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