Cape Girardeau County
On Friday, January 24 at 8 a.m, the City of Cape Girardeau will close West End Blvd. between Linden St. and Brenda Kay Ct. for street repairs. The road is expected to reopen on Monday, Jan. 27, depending on weather and work. Drivers are urged to consider an alternate route during the closure. Detours will be available.
Beginning Friday, March 15 the bridge on N. Main St. in Ironton which goes over Knob Creek will be closed indefinitely.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning to replace the Route C bridge over the St. Francis River in Madison County. The bridge is located 3.8 miles northwest of Saco, Mo. The new structure will be constructed east of the existing bridge. Constructing the new structure on a different alignment will allow the roadway to remain open during construction; traffic will use the existing bridge during this time. The project is expected to be let in June 2020. Construction could begin as early as Sept. 2020. Construction is expected to be underway for approximately six months. The new bridge will be wider than the existing structure and will eliminate the need for weight restrictions.
Route H will be reduced as MoDOT crews perform shoulder repairs. This section of road is located between Route 62 and Route HH. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 17 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
St. Louis County
MoDOT will close one westbound lane of I-44 between I-270 and Bowles for Meramec River Bridge construction. Starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, the right lane on westbound I-44 will be closed just after the ramp to I-270. It will stay closed around the clock for the next three years as part of the on-going construction project. Access from Watson Road (Route 366), as well as northbound and southbound I-270, to westbound I-44 will shift, but will not change during this portion of the project. Drivers will also still be able to access the Soccer Park exit from westbound I-44. Drivers should expect greater congestion, especially during the evening rush period, in this area. The three-year project replaces the westbound and eastbound I-44 bridges over the Meramec, makes improvements to the ramps between I-270 and I-44 and replaces the bridge from eastbound I-44 to eastbound Watson Road, and the bridge from westbound Watson Road to westbound I-44.
IDOT says crews will begin adding an additional lane to I-57 starting Monday, April 1. The work will stretch from mile post 57 to mile post 65 in Franklin and Williamson counties. The project will expand 4.4 miles of I-57 to add an additional lane in each direction. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction of I-57 during night construction operations. The project includes earthwork, HMA pavement, HMA resurfacing, erosion control, traffic control and protection, guardrail, seeding, under drains, pavement markings, signage and rumble strips. IDOT says the work will be finished by July 2020.
IL 13 through Carbondale will have an upcoming lane shift. Starting on Monday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., eastbound traffic on IL 13 will be shifted to the westbound lanes via crossover from Giant City Road to Reed Station Road. Traffic will be in a head-to-head configuration with two lanes of traffic for each direction of travel. This will be in place throughout the construction season of 2020.
The City of Carbondale, Illinois will receive over $1.5 million to install a roundabout and bicycle lanes, and enhance pedestrian access and crossings. The total of the funding grant is $1,587,155. IDOT chose the Chautauqua and McLafferty roads roundabout project for local Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding. This is expected to improve traffic safety at this intersection. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in late summer of 2020.
Construction of a new water main along Sycamore Street, from Rural King rear entrance to Oakland Avenue, is scheduled to begin approximately on Monday, Jan. 20. Due to this construction motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and use caution while traveling in and through this area. Access to private drives will be maintained throughout the construction process; however there will be short periods of time where access may be delayed or prohibited. Water customers in the area should expect minor service interruptions during construction. Construction work is scheduled to be between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On Monday, April 1, weather permitting, IDOT crews will begin the next phase of the I-57 Expansion Project. From mile post 57 to mile post 65 in Williamson and Franklin Counties crews will be adding an additional lane to the southbound and northbound lanes of I-57. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction of I-57 during night construction operations. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution through the work zones. The proposed work for the project includes earthwork, HMA pavement, HMA resurfacing, erosion control, traffic control and protection, guardrail, seeding, underdrains, pavement markings, signage, and rumble strips. IDOT says the work will be finished by July 2020.
A contractor plans to restrict traffic for a work zone along a section of KY 821/Sycamore Street in Murray, near the US 641/South 12th Street intersection, starting on Monday, Dec. 9. Crews will be placing about 300 feet of new curb and gutter, as well as new sidewalks along the westbound lane of KY 821/Sycamore Street just west of the US 641/South 12th Street intersection. Much of the work will be completed by narrowing the westbound travel lane with cones. However, from time-to-time drivers may encounter one lane traffic in this work zone for concrete and material delivery. The work zone will be active during daylight hours for several weeks any time weather is warm enough to allow concrete work.
Beginning the week of Monday, Nov. 18 crews will be working along a 1-mile section of U.S. 641 at the south edge of Murray. This is from the intersection with U.S. 641-Business/Glendale Road extending southward to the Clarks River Bridge. The work is the first phase of the project reconstructing U.S. 641 from Murray to the Kentucky-Tennessee State Line near Hazel. As work progresses in the coming weeks preparations will begin for culvert work. The contractor anticipates maintaining two travel lanes throughout the 2-year construction process. Some intermittent periods of one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers may be required. The target completion date on this first phase is December 1, 2020.
The I-24 Christian County rest area is closed again today while crews continue to remove damaged limbs and trees from the storm last October.
Warmer temperatures will allow paving crews to be active at various locations around the region today. A contractor plans maintenance patching at 11 locations along U.S. 60, KY 120, KY 135, and KY 506 in Crittenden County, on Dec. 4. Many of the spot paving locations were milled late Tuesday. Additional paving along U.S. 60/Main Street in downtown Marion is planned after a curb and gutter project is completed along a 2-block section of South Main Street between the U.S. 60/U.S. 641 intersection and Depot Street. Motorists should be alert for paving crews at other locations around the region as temperatures rise enough to allow paving activities. Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and paving personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans daytime closures for curb and gutter upgrades along a section of U.S. 60 (South Street) in Marion starting as early as Wednesday, October 30. As weather and crew scheduling allows, the contractor plans daytime closures of U.S. 60 (South Main Street) from the traffic signal at the U.S. 641 and Gum Street intersection extending northward to the KY 506/Depot Street intersection. This section is expected to be closed from approximately 7 a.m. to about 4 p.m., central time, each day. During these daytime closures, U.S. 60 traffic will be detoured via KY 981/Old Salem Road and KY 91/Bellville Street. Closing this 2 block section of U.S. 60/South Main Street will allow the contractor to complete the work more quickly and efficiently. Portable message boards alerting the public to the daytime closures are expected to up today. About 8,700 vehicles travel this section of U.S. 60 (South Main Street) in Marion during an average day. Once curb work is completed along this section of U.S. 60 in downtown Marion, KYTC engineers will establish a schedule for base repairs and asphalt paving. The initial curb and gutter work along South Main Street is under a KYTC master agreement for highway maintenance. KYTC engineers indicated the specific start date for the curb and gutter work will be dictated by the weather and completion of other ongoing projects by the contractor. The Transportation Cabinet will attempt to provide timely notice as the work zone activity ramps up. The contractor had planned to start work along a section of U.S. 60/North Main Street last week. However, curb and gutter work along North Main Street from the KY 91/KY 120/Bellville Street intersection extending northward to First Street has been put on hold pending ongoing discussions between KYTC engineers and the City of Marion. The project to improve traffic flow in the 3 block area included creation of a center turn lane. While city officials requested the center turn lane, they have now expressed concern about the removal of seven parking spaces that would be required to provide space for the extra lane. More than 7,600 vehicles travel this section of U.S. 60/North Main Street in an average day.
The Crittenden County Road Department has closed the Hughes Branch Bridge on Cotton Patch Road by order of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The bridge is located on Cotton Patch Road Immediately off of KY 654 West of the Mattoon community in the heart of the Crittenden County Amish Community. The bridge was ordered closed due to the load rating of the bridge structure. The bridge had previously been restricted to a 3-ton load limit. The Hughes Creek Bridge on Cotton Patch Road was already scheduled for replacement as part of the Bridging Kentucky Program with a December bid date. Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom and KYTC engineers have initiated efforts to expedite construction of a new bridge. KYTC personnel are working with the Crittenden County Road Department to place signage and message boards to alert the public to the closure. Cotton Patch Road provides a short-cut between KY 654 and nearby Riverview Park at the end of KY 387 in northern Crittenden County. Many families use Cotton Patch Road to pull campers and boats to the popular camping and fishing spot on the Ohio River. The Transportation Cabinet is the bridge inspection agency for all publicly owned bridges in Kentucky. All bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span river and lane bridges getting an extra walk-through inspection annually.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of KY 1949 on Tuesday, January 21. KY 1949 will be closed at the 2.2 mile point to allow a cross drain to be replaced. This is along KY 1949 near Symsonia, less than a mile south of the intersection with KY 348/Symsonia Highway and less than a mile north of Wildcat Road. The road is expected to close at 8 a.m. and reopen around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. There will be no marked detour.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Central Road in Graves County starting Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Central Road will be closed at the construction corridor for the New KY 80 Bypass along the south edge of Mayfield. The contractor will adjust the elevation of Central Road and install appropriate drainage for a new intersection as part of ongoing construction. Central Road is expected to remain closed at this site for approximately one week. There will be no marked detour. When Central Road reopens around August 23 traffic will be running on a gravel surface while work continues along this section of the New KY 80 Mayfield Bypass. Construction of the New KY 80 Bypass runs along the south edge of Mayfield from KY 303 extending westward to connect to Interstate 69 at the Mayfield Exit 21 interchange. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $14.2 million project. The target completion date for the KY 80 Mayfield Bypass is Nov. 15, 2020.
A section of McKendree Church Rd. will be closed starting Monday, January 20. The closure is east of the KY 301 intersection near McKendree United Methodist Church. Crews will be constructing a new bridge over Panther Creek. The project is expected to be completed on or near Wednesday, April 15.
On Monday, October 14, 2019, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will plan an extended closure along a section of KY 2569 in Hickman County. The road will be closed at the 0.0 mile point to the 1.445 mile point in Hickman County. The extended closure is on KY 2569, between the Hickman-Fulton County Line and U.S. 45. They are going to replace a cross drain and work on other drainage issues. There will not be a marked detour. Drivers should self-detour via U.S. 45, KY 307, and Holland Lane.
A contractor with KYTC is planning a traffic shift along the KY 348/5th Street work zone in Benton starting on Friday, June 8. As part of the project to widen KY 348/5th Street to four lanes between US 641/Main Street at mile point 8.325 and the Purchase Parkway Exit 43 Benton interchange at mile point 7.6, westbound traffic on KY 348 was shifted approximately 8 feet to the south in April to allow drain pipe installation and other earthwork activities. With that phase of the work completed, traffic in the KY 348/5th Street work zone will be shifted to the north starting on Friday to allow more extensive work in the area near the post office, the funeral home and McDonald’s. Once this traffic shift starts on Friday, all lanes, including the middle turn lane, will be restricted to a maximum of 10-foot lane width. Traffic is expected to remain in this configuration for most of the summer construction season this year. Drivers should be aware that utility relocation activities will continue all along the project area. Due to ongoing utility work along the project area, a target completion date has not been established for this project.
McCracken County, KY
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said pavement sealing work along routes in McCracken County.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a work zone lane restriction on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland on Thursday, Aug. 1. This work zone lane restriction is to allow the contractor to repair guardrail along the bridge deck. Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers from approximately 8 a.m. to about mid-afternoon, Thursday. This work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis. As a reminder, the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge has a reduced load limit.
The load limits on the bridge are:
• Type 1: 17 tons—Two axle single unit trucks
• Type 2: 18 tons—Three axle single unit trucks
• Type3: 20 tons—Four axle single unit trucks
• Type 4: 32 tons—Five axle SEMI trucks
• Single Unit Vehicle with five axles: 22 tons
• Single Unit Vehicle with 6 axles: 22 tons
• Single Unit Vehicle with 7+ axles: 24 tons
The new load rating represents a three to eight ton reduction for most truck classes. The load limit is posted at each end of the bridge structure. KYTC engineers are planning a repair project with the goal of returning the bridge to a normal 40-ton load limit. The U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland, also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge, is at U.S. 60 Livingston County mile point 12.697. The 1,817 ft. through truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931. The U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland is at Cumberland River navigation mile point 2.7. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is in final design phase for construction of a new bridge immediately downstream from the existing structure. The new $45 million bridge is expected to be ready for bidding in February 2020 with construction expected to take about two years to complete.