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Center Junction construction making progress

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The construction of center junction is making progress, but with some metaphoric bumps in the road.

The busy intersection between Cape Girardeau and Jackson saw more lanes opening and traffic lights functioning, but the flow of traffic seemed to take a hit on Thursday morning, October 21.

Drivers say their commute was delayed by as much as 20 minutes.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation Southeast District, northbound I-55 is now open to two lanes of traffic.

Phil Penzel, CEO of Penzel Construction Co., said the eastbound and westbound inside lanes are still closed for median work.

Southbound I-55 is expected to reopen to two lanes of traffic early next week.

Currently, one lane of Route 61 is open in each direction.

MoDOT said on its Facebook page that all signals are fully operational, and left turn movements from I-55 are permitted.

A full opening of the diverging diamond interchange is anticipated for Saturday, October 23.

With the Center Junction DDI nearing completion, northbound I-55 is now open to two lanes of traffic. Southbound I-55 is anticipated to reopen to two lanes of traffic early next week. Currently, one lane of Route 61 is open in each direction. A full opening of the DDI is anticipated Saturday, Oct. 23. All signals are fully operational, and left turn movements from I-55 are permitted. Contractor crews are completing finishing work, and motorists are urged to use continued caution while traveling through the area.

Posted by MoDOT Southeast District on Thursday, October 21, 2021

Construction is part of the diverging diamond interchange at I-55 and Route 61 (mile marker 99) between Cape Girardeau and Jackson.

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