HANNIBAL – Drivers will continue to experience temporary traffic impacts over the next few months when traveling on Interstate 70 and Missouri Route 19, near New Florence.
The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., have scheduled the following traffic impacts:
- Intermittent rolling lane closures will continue through the month of February along I-70 near the MO 19 exit to move equipment into the median between 8 p.m.-10 p.m. and 4 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- Beginning as early as Jan. 30, I-70 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between mile markers 174 and 176 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for bridge concrete placement. All ramps at Missouri Route 19 will remain open. This work is anticipated to continue over then next month.
- Early February, Missouri Route 19 will be reduced to one lane just south of Interstate 70/Tree Farm Road near New Florence between 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for temporary pavement widening. All ramps at Missouri Route 19 and access to the south outer road/Tree Farm Road will remain open. Flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone. This work is anticipated to be completed within one week and will begin when site conditions allow.
- The South Outer Road of Interstate 70/Tree Farm Road near New Florence, west of Highway 19, is tentatively scheduled to temporarily close as early as February 6 but no later than the first week of March, dependent upon when site conditions allow earth work operations to resume. The road will remain closed over the next several months with anticipated re-opening in mid-summer.
All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change. Drivers will be alerted to all traffic impacts through signs and changeable message boards. “As construction continues on the bridge replacement and interchange improvement project, we would like to remind drivers to be attentive in work zones and put down your cell phones to eliminate distractions,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Jeff Niemeyer.
Drivers can learn more about the specific construction phases of the project and traffic impacts by viewing the video series created to help keep drivers informed. The stage 1 construction video can be found here: MO 19 Bridge Replacement Over I-70 & Interchange Improvements - Stage 1 - YouTube. For more information about this new interchange project, visit us online at Missouri Route 19 Bridge Replacement and Interchange Improvement over I-70 | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org).