Belt Highway to be resurfaced

Project also includes section of Frederick Avenue

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – U.S. Route 169, better known as the Belt Highway, is arguably the busiest road in St. Joseph, running through one of the main business corridors in town. A resurfacing project beginning soon and continuing through the summer will make the route a much smoother one. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Herzog Contracting Corp. to resurface the Belt from Interstate 29 (at Exit 50) to Route FF.

Project Phases

  • April 3 – June 26: Concrete repairs on the roadway and at intersections throughout the project limits.
    • The concrete work will be done during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday, under single-lane closures with one lane, each direction, remaining open.
    • Some 24-hour lane closures may be necessary to allow the concrete to cure properly.
    • Turning to and from the following locations may be prohibited during concrete repairs. These turning restrictions and limited access could be in place overnight.
      • Karnes Road
      • Gene Field Road
      • Messanie Street
      • Pickett Road
      • South Belt Walmart
  • July 9 – August 7: Paving
    • Due to the amount of traffic on the Belt, paving work will be conducted during nighttime hours, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. No work is currently planned for Friday or Saturday nights.
    • Paving step 1 – all crossovers and turn lanes first, beginning on the southern end of the project limits and working north.
      • During this phase of the project, Route 6 (Frederick Avenue) will also be resurfaced between the Belt and I-29.
    • Paving step 2 – Mainline lanes of the Belt
      • The contractor will begin with one northbound lane until they reach I-29. They will then do one southbound lane until they reach Route FF. Then will do the other lane northbound and then the final lane southbound.
    • Paving step 3 – Shoulders
  • August 7 – 26: Pavement Marking and guardrail

During all phases, crews will work with all businesses with entrances on the Belt Highway to minimize the impact on business traffic. Motorists may notice delays and use of the center turn lane may be restricted.

All work is weather-permitting and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are No Phone zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work.

For more information about these and other MoDOT projects, sign up online for work zone updates, visit and view the online Traveler Information Map, or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook at


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