Scrub seal project on Buchanan County U.S. Route 169 began today

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Good weather over the weekend allowed crews from Vance Brothers, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, to make up time and begin the scrub seal project on U.S. Route 169 today. The roadway will be sealed between Route FF and the Clay County line. After weather had delayed previous work, they had not anticipated starting until Wednesday, June 3, but were able to begin earlier. Work is scheduled to continue on U.S. Route 169 for approximately two weeks.

During the scrub seal operation, the roadway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers and a pilot car directing motorist through the work zone. Drivers will experience delays, both directions, on U.S. Route 169 as they must wait for a pilot car. Drivers entering U.S. Route 169 from a side road must also wait for a pilot car.

A scrub seal is a preventative maintenance treatment which rejuvenates the road surface and helps extend the life of the roadway by filling and sealing cracks in the existing asphalt with an emulsified asphalt/aggregate seal. MoDOT does its best to be good stewards of the monies provided by taxpayers. One of the ways is to employ many preventative maintenance methods, such as these.

These are part of a larger project to seal roads across 13 counties in Northwest Missouri. Other planned routes are listed below in the planned order. Some routes may only take one day to complete, while others may continue for two weeks. All routes should be complete in early October:

  • U.S. Route 169 in Buchanan and Clinton counties (Route FF to Clay County)
  • Route 116 in Clinton County (U.S. Route 169 to the east city limits of Plattsburg and from Shoal Creek to I-35)
  • Route 33 in DeKalb and Clinton counties (U.S. Route 36 to Route 116)
  • Route 6 in DeKalb and Daviess counties (Route 31 to U.S. Route 69)
  • Route W in Harrison County (Route M to U.S. Route 69)
  • Route 13 in Harrison and Daviess counties (U.S. Route 69 to Route 6)
  • Route 190 in Daviess County (Grundy County to Route F)
  • Route W in Grundy County (Route 6 to Livingston County)
  • Route 190 in Daviess and Livingston counties (Route V to U.S. Route 65)
  • Route V in Daviess County (Route 6 to Route 190)
  • Route 13 in Daviess and Caldwell counties (Route 6 to Ray County)
  • Route 116 in Caldwell County (Route D to Route A)
  • U.S. Route 69 in Clinton County (Evergreen Street in Cameron to Route 116)
  • Route 33 in Clinton County (Route 116 to Clay County)
  • Route PP in Clinton County (Route 33 to U.S. Route 69)
  • Route 11 in Linn and Chariton counties (U.S. Route 24 to U.S. Route 36)
  • Route 5 in Chariton County (U.S. Route 24 to Howard County)

Some routes have already been completed in this bundle of projects:

  • U.S. Route 136 in Atchison and Nodaway counties (just east of Little Tarkio Creek to U.S. Route 71)
  • U.S. Route 136 in Atchison County (Interstate 29 to Route O)
  • Route T in Andrew County (Route DD to County Road 401)
  • Route O in Buchanan County (Route A to Route FF)
  • Route FF in Buchanan County (Route H to U.S. Route 169)
  • Route 31 in Buchanan County (U.S. Route 169 to U.S. Route 36)

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. Motorist are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones.

For more information about these and other MoDOT projects, visit and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Take the Challenge! Buckle Up/Phone Down


Districts Involved