Heartland Road Projects
Here are road projects going on in the Heartland. Drive safely!
MoDOT plans to replace the westbound Business 60 (Pine Street) bridge over the Black River and Union Pacific railroad in Poplar Bluff. Pedestrian facilities will be included in the new bridge structure. During construction, westbound traffic will be shifted to head-to-head configuration on the eastbound bridge. Riverview Drive and B Street will be closed during construction. Depending on traffic patterns, it may also be necessary to close 2nd Street. In addition, parking will not be allowed underneath the bridge along Riverview Drive during construction. The project is expected to be let in Feb. 2022 with construction beginning as early as spring 2022. Completion is anticipated by summer 2023.
Route M will be reduced to one lane with a 10.5-foot width restriction as contractor crews replace several culverts under the road. This section of road is located between County Road 462 and Township Line Road near Poplar Bluff. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Wednesday, June 23 through Monday, Nov. 1 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
MoDOT plans to replace two structures on Route 142. The Butler County bridge is located over Cane Creek Ditch near Neelyville. The Ripley County bridge is located over Mill Creek near Gatewood. The projects will be let in January 2023, with construction starting as early as spring 2023. As work is underway, the road will be closed in the vicinity of each structure for about 3 months. Signed detours will be in place. Completion is anticipated by fall 2023.
Cape Girardeau County
The City of Cape Girardeau says Water Street between Broadway and Themis will be closed to parking and through traffic starting on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 5 a.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. The closure will include Water Street between Broadway and Independence with some additional closures of adjacent parking spaces to the south of the parking lot. Access to the floodwall gates will also be limited. The closure is due to repair work by BNSF Railway on the railroad pedestrian crossings and rails.
The City of Jackson’s ongoing concrete pavement improvement program will shift to portions of South Shawnee Blvd. Crews will begin repair work in four blocks of S. Shawnee Blvd. on Monday, Oct. 25. The construction zone is located between Brandon St. and Old Cape Rd. The road will remain open during construction, but traffic will be restricted to one-lane traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The work could take up to a month to finish.
Cape Girardeau/Perry Counties
Southbound I-55 will be reduced to one lane as MoDOT crews perform core drilling operations. This section of road is located between Route 51 in Perry County and Route D in Cape Girardeau County. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Tuesday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
MoDOT contractor crews will be working to improve U.S. Route 62. The project includes pavement repairs from Olive Street to Michael Street in Bertrand, Mo. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, Nov. 8 through Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Improvements will be completed in various locations on U.S. 62, and drivers should anticipate a lane reduction with a 10-foot width restriction within each work zone.
Missouri Route 80 will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction as contractor crews improve sidewalks in East Prairie, Mo. This project is part of MoDOT’s initiative to bring road facilities into compliance with the current standards of the American with Disabilities Act. This section of road is located between Route 105 and Shelby Road. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, Aug. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Beginning Monday, June 22, there will be road construction activity on IL 14 from the Hamilton/Franklin County Line near Macedonia to west of the Ewing Road due to mine subsidence. Contractor personnel will be onsite making temporary repairs to the roadway and permanent repairs will be ongoing throughout the completion of the mine subsidence which is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Motorists will encounter uneven pavement and bumps throughout the duration of the subsidence. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and controlled by flaggers intermittently throughout the work zone. Message boards and signs will be in place to alert the motoring public of any change in road conditions. Motorists should reduce speed, be alert to equipment and workers and use extreme caution while traveling through the work zone. To avoid any delays motorists should seek an alternate route.
Rte. 242 north of McLeansboro, between Blooming Grove Rd. and Blairsville Rd. will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Crews will be replacing a drainage structure. Drives are urged to find another route. message boards and signs will be in place to alert drivers about the closure. The roadway is expected to be reopened at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25.
U.S. 51, from just south of Carbondale toward Du Quoin, will be reduced to one lane of traffic on Monday, Oct. 18. Crews will be making daytime patching work. Flaggers will control lane closures. Delays are expected during peak times. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes. The work is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.
IDOT said road work on I-24 will start on Monday, March 22. Work includes bridge repairs, bridge approach slabs, patching, surface removal, hot mix asphalt binder and surface course, hot mix asphalt shoulders, guardrail and pavement markings along the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-24 from the Johnson/Massac County line to the Ohio River, mile post 24 to mile post 39. Eastbound and Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane at various locations with a max width of 14-feet, 3-inches. Work is expected to be finished Nov. 15, 2022.
IDOT is alerting drivers on IL 34/IL 145 of upcoming lane closures starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, weather permitting. There will be bridge construction on the structure carrying IL 34/IL 145 over Pankey Branch that will require lane closures. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by signals. Work is expected to be finished by August 2022.
Highway 15 (Forest Road) will be closed 3 miles north of the Garden of the Gods entrance beginning Monday, Sept. 13. A detour will be available. Message boards and signs will be in place to alert drivers about the closure. Crews will be reconstructing a bridge. The road is expected to reopen on Friday, Oct. 29.
IDOT announced upcoming lane closures starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, weather permitting. There will be construction on the bridge carrying Illinois 142 over Indian Creek that will require lane closures. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by signals. The work is expected to last until June 15, 2022. Drivers should be aware of the 10-foot, 8-inch width restriction, reduce speed, be alert for equipment and workers and use extreme caution in the work zone.
A resurfacing project will begin on I-71 from KY 35 near the Kentucky Speedway north to the Boone County line. The project will start on Sunday, Oct.31 on several locations within the project area. The project will coordinate with the current bridge deck project. This night time work is expected to be done by Nov. 8. Work will resume in the Spring of 2022 with resurfacing the 10-mile section. The project has an overall completion date of August 2022.
KYTC and the Ballard County Road Department plan to close the intersection of KY 310/Turning Landing Road and Bradford Road east of LaCenter on Tuesday, Oct. 26. This closure of KY 310/Turner Landing Road and Bradford Road is to allow work on the intersection and replacement of a cross drain. This is along KY 310/Turner Road at mile point .2, just north of the U.S. 60 intersection. It is at the south end of Bradford Road. Crews will be working starting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. It’s expected to reopen around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, weather permitting. There will be no marked detour; however, KY 310 traffic may self-detour via KY 358 and U.S. 60. Bradford Road traffic may self-detour via West Clarkline Road and Jones Road.
Lane restrictions on I-69 between KY 293 and Longbreak Road/KY 2613 will begin on Thursday, Aug. 5. The maximum lane width will be 14 ft. Outside closures are for both northbound and southbound lanes. Crews will be making repairs on the roadway. The project scheduled for completion this fall.
KYTC will be resurfacing U.S. 641 starting on Thursday, Oct. 21. Crews will be milling and paving on U.S. 641 at Fredonia starting at the Lyon/Caldwell County line and extending north to KY 70. The work is scheduled for completion in 1-2 weeks.
Contractors plant to clear trees and brush, demolishing structures within the construction corridor on U.S. 641 in southern Calloway County around March 1, weather permitting. Construction signage on side roads will be the first indication that work is about to start. Most of the work will involve the construction of culverts and bridges and other activities that will have no impact on traffic along existing U.S. 641. The project will finish Kentucky’s section of a corridor from I-69 at Benton to Paris, Tenn., and I-40 to the south. It’s scheduled for completion in summer 2023.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet placed a 3-ton load limit on the KY 1129 Brush Creek Bridge on Thursday, August 26. The Brush Creek Bridge at KY 1129 mile point 7.696 is now restricted to a 3-ton load limit after an inspection found deterioration of the bridge substructure. Signs indicating the new load rating will be erected as soon as possible. The 3-ton load limit restricts the bridge to vehicles no heavier than a passenger vehicle or pickup truck. The Brush Creek Bridge is along KY 1129 between McClellan Road and KY 239. In coming weeks, KYTC District 1 engineers will be conducting a further evaluation of the bridge substructure to determine if it can be repaired or should be replaced. On some maps, Brush Creek is listed as Rush Creek at this site.
A KYTC contractor will paint highway centerlines and edges in District 1 counties the week of Sept. 27. Drivers should be alert for a paint truck and support caravan on the moving during daylight hours when weather allows. It will start in Graves County. The crew will be working on various state highways before moving to sections of I-69 and Purchase Parkway. The paint crew then plans to move into Hickman and Fulton Counties. The caravan will include the paint truck and several support vehicles. Drivers who encounter it on two-lane highways should use appropriate caution where there will be no opportunities to pass. On four-lane highways, drivers should be aware there are several support vehicles that will be spread out over several hundred yards. While retro-reflective paint used by the crew is designed to dry quickly, drivers are reminded to avoid driving through traffic paint before it has had time to cure. Due to a late start, the paint crew will likely work this fall as long as weather and temperature conditions allow, then return in spring 2022 to finish out the remaining routes in the contract.
KYTC and Graves Co. Road Dept. closed Martin Road at the Obion Creek Branch Bridge on Friday, April 3. It was closed after an inspection found additional deterioration of the bridge substructure. Martin Road (County Road 1214) runs between KY 303 and KY 83 just south of the Cuba community. The bridge is near the south end of Martin Road at mile point 0.5. The bridge is closed until further notice. This will likely be a long-term closure.
The closure of KY 1826/West Depot Street in Clinton delayed to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5. It will be closed at mile point 4.955 in Clinton to allow reconstruction of the railroad overpass between Short Street and Railroad Street. KY 1826 could remain closed at this site for a week or more. There will be no marked detour; however, drivers may self-detour via KY 58 and U.S. 51.
A KYTC contractor plans to start construction of the new Bowles Creek Bridge at KY 80 mile point 2.9 on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The KY 80 Bowles Creek Bridge near the Hickman-Carlisle County line just northeast of Columbus has been closed since Feb. 7, when a routine inspection found deterioration of the bridge structure. During the safety check, inspectors noted that loaded SEMI trucks were continuing to cross the bridge in violation of a previously posted 3-ton load limit. The target completion date is Nov. 24. A marked detour will remain in place during construction of the new bridge. Approximately 350 vehicles travel this section of KY 80 in an average day.
A work zone lane restriction on I-24 westbound will resume the week of October 4 for bridge deck work just off the west end of the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge near the 28 mile marker. The project includes replacement of sliding plate joint systems and compression seal joints on the Cypress Creek Bridge and the I-24 Calvert City exit 27 overpass. Initially, all westbound traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone. There is a reduced speed limit with enhanced police presence. Some delays are possible. The target completion date is Tuesday, Nov. 23.
KYTC will establish a work zone along U.S. 62 starting on Monday, Aug. 23. This will run from mile point 0.0 at the Marshall-McCracken Co. line to mile point 7.2 at the KY 95 intersection in Calvert City. The project includes construction of a center turn lane through Possum Trot, and a left turn lane for U.S. 62 at the KY 1523/Industrial Parkway intersection to assist with traffic heading into the Calvert City Industrial Area. The target completion date is July 31, 2022.
A KYTC contractor is expected to start a 4-month push to complete curb and concrete pavement work along U.S. 641 through downtown Benton. This work zone along U.S. 641 runs from mile point 7.98 near the Town Creek Bridge northward through downtown Benton to mile point 8.824 at the KY 348/5th Street intersection, a distance of about 8/10th of a mile. It includes all of the one-way sections along Main Street and Poplar Streets in Benton. Due to the high level of activity starting around Thursday, July 22, drivers are asked to use an alternate route, if possible. Crews will be working during daylight hours along a four to five-block section of the work zone at a time. There will be no on-street parking in areas with construction activity. The target completion date for all work on the project was extended to November 15.
Asphalt paving plans at the U.S. 62 intersection with McCracken Boulevard in Western McCracken begins on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Driver should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. Travel delays will be possible. There is a 35 mile per hour work zone speed limit with enhanced police presence. Work on this project continues on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
KYTC announced an extended closure of KY 787/Bryant Ford Road starting on Monday, Oct. 18. It will be closed from mile point 0.0 at the McCracken-Marshall County line to a culvert near the 1 mile marker to allow drainage and road improvements that include the replacement of three existing culverts with large concrete culverts. The project includes paving several parking areas along the road. KY 787/Bryant Ford Road connects with Oak Level-Elva Road in Marshall Co. The road at this site will be closed at 8 a.m. on Monday and remain closed for about 30 days. There will be no marked detour. The target completion date is Nov. 30.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a westbound traffic shift for the U.S. 62/Blandville Road work zone in Western McCracken County on Tuesday, June 22. Westbound traffic on U.S. 62 will be shifted to the center turn lane near the KY 998/Olivet Church Road intersection at the end of the existing 4-lane to help facilitate ongoing construction activities.. This work zone to extend the existing 4-lane westward along U.S. 62/Blandville Road runs from the KY 998/Olivet Church Road intersection to the McCracken Boulevard traffic signal. This is along U.S. 62 between mile point 7.851 and 8.8, a distance of about 1 mile. This work zone has a strict 35 mph work zone speed limit with an enhanced police presence. Motorists should be alert for flaggers at multiple locations along this work zone. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $7.7 million project, which includes construction of new bridges across Massac Creek. The target completion date is December 1, 2022.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet successfully completed a work zone shift for westbound traffic on I-24 in western Kentucky. The traffic shift includes a long-term closure of the I-24 westbound exit ramp at the KY 139 Cadiz-Princeton Exit 56 Interchange. The westbound exit ramp at Exit 56 will remain closed for the duration of the project due to the placement of a median crossover near the interchange. Signage directs westbound motorists seeking to reach KY 139 at Exit 56 to detour via the U.S. 68 Cadiz Exit 65 ramp to reach KY 139 at Cadiz. Again, the westbound exit ramp at Exit 56 will remain closed for the duration of the project. The KY 139 Exit 56 westbound entry ramp and both eastbound ramps are open. With the westbound traffic shift completed, 2-way is now running along the eastbound lanes from mile point 64.5 to mile point 56.5. A concrete barrier wall separates the two traffic lanes. The traffic shift is to allow the contractor to replace 10 miles of concrete pavement along the westbound lanes in Trigg and Caldwell Counties. This work zone has a strictly enforced 55 mph speed limit with an enhanced police presence. Truckers should be aware of maximum load widths in the work zone – 15 feet for eastbound vehicles and 12 feet for those going west. With 2-way traffic is established along the eastbound lanes, the contractor immediately started removing concrete along the westbound lanes. This work zone runs from the 69 to 51 mile marker through parts of Trigg, Caldwell, and Lyon counties. The section with 2-way traffic and centerline barrier covers about 10 miles of that. A section of the westbound pavement repair work from the Trigg-Christian County line near the 69 mile marker to the U.S. 68 Cadiz-Hopkinsville Exit 65 interchange will be completed with lane restrictions using construction barrels only. The target completion date is Dec. 15.
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