Two Week Closure of U.S. Route 54 Scheduled at Basinger Corner in Audrain County

Route 54/Route 19/Route J Intersection Improvements

HANNIBAL –   Weather permitting, September 6, immediately following Labor Day, the next phase of construction will begin on the intersection improvement project and new roundabout, located in Audrain County at the intersection of U.S. 54/MO19/Route J, just north of Laddonia.

During this time, it will be necessary to temporarily close a section of U.S. Route 54 at this location for a period of up to 14 days from just east of the intersection to CR 509.  A signed detour will be in place directing traffic over Missouri Route 154 to Missouri Route 19.  While north and southbound traffic on MO 19/U.S. 54 will remain uninterrupted, the closure will prohibit access to U.S. 54 (heading to Farber) east of the intersection.

This closure and temporary detour are necessary for the construction of intersection improvements and to provide safety for drivers and construction workers.  Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as schedule changes occur.

Once this phase of construction is complete and U.S. 54 is reopened, traffic will be shifted onto the new roundabout.  Access to Route J will continue to remain closed. A graphic of the detour and additional information on the project can be found by visiting

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. was awarded the contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission earlier this year for $4,117,988 with a completion date of December 1, 2022.

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