Construction Begins on Turn Lane at Mark Twain School in Center

HANNIBAL - Drivers can expect to see a lot of activity around Mark Twain High School on Missouri Route 19 near Center as construction begins on a corridor improvement project from Bus Barn Road to Mark Twain Road in Ralls County near Center.  The work is scheduled to begin next week with anticipated completion by the end of May.

This work will involve grading a pavement widening to allow for a center turn lane at the entrance of the high school.  In addition, the contract includes a resurfacing project located on MO 19 from U.S. Route 61 in Ralls County to Route J near Basinger Corner in Audrain County.  This work is scheduled to begin early Summer.

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. was awarded the contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission last winter for $11,416,278. 

During specific phases of this project, intermittent lane and entrance closures will be necessary.  We understand these closures may be inconvenient, but they are necessary for the safety of the traveling public and construction crews. 

Schedule changes could occur due to weather or material availability.  We ask motorists to please be attentive in work zones for their safety and the safety of highway workers.  Please obey all traffic signs and personnel and eliminate distractions by putting down your phone. 

MoDOT  will alert the public about the project through signs, news releases and social media.  For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). 

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