Area motorists should expect delays in the coming months when traveling along Highway 37 between Monett and the Arkansas line. On Monday, crews with APAC Missouri began work on major improvements to Highway 37 that include the resurfacing of 32.5 miles of the roadway.
According to Angela Eden, spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), APAC was awarded a $6.6 million contract to complete the project, which will also involve grading shoulders and making water drainage improvements in a number of places.
In 2005, MoDOT installed alternating passing lanes between Monett and Cassville. The latest work will add more alternating passing lanes between the Missouri-Arkansas state line and a point north of Seligman and between Highway U and a point north of Highway HH near Butterfield. In addition, a center turn lane will be built in Washburn and several intersections, including the Highway 37/90 intersection, will be widened.
Road work will occur Monday through Thursday during daytime hours, but if traffic backups become too great, APAC could be required to work its crews at night. Traffic will be reduced to one lane wherever crews are working.
Under APAC's contract, construction is scheduled for completion by Dec. 1. Eden said APAC is working on an expedited schedule and hopes to finish the Highway 37 project by mid- to late summer.