MoDOT to resurface Routes 248 and 76, add shoulders

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Routes targeted for scheduled maintenance

MoDOT has scheduled a project to begin resurfacing portions of Highway 248 and Highway 76 near Cassville the week of April 25.

The department will also be adding shoulders to portions of each route.

"Neither one of those highways had two-foot shoulders, and this also was a good time to put those in," said David Mitchell, senior communications specialist for the department in the southwest district.

Both routes were targeted to be resurfaced as part of scheduled road maintenance, Mitchell said.

"Both of the highways are on a 10-15 year cycle, and this was their turn to be resurfaced and the funding to do it was available," Mitchell said. "It has been at least that long since they've been resurfaced -- with the possible exception of a chip and seal treatment. We use that to help extend the life of the pavement until a more substantial resurfacing can be done. The surface we're putting down is expected to make it through to the next time these routes are up for resurfacing again."

The construction is not expected to interfere with access to nearby businesses.

"Access to businesses will not be completely cut off due to the shoulder widening," Mitchell said. "If there is only one entrance to a business, we will close no more than half of that access at any one time. If there is access via another business entrance, and that business gives its permission, we might completely close an entrance. That is up to the contractor doing the work to make those arrangements with the affected businesses."

The department has until Oct. 1 to complete the project, but Mitchell estimates the contractor will be finished by late June.

Journagan Construction Co. of Springfield was hired to complete the work, at a cost of $1.9 million.

The work should also not interfere with traffic flow, Mitchell said, but drivers should proceed cautiously, obey flaggers and wait for pilot cars to guide them through work zones.

The first phase of the project will resurface and add shoulders to sections of about two miles of Route 76 beginning at Missouri Route 37 going east to near the Barry County Museum in Cassville, and will be completed primarily at night, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The second phase will resurface and add two-foot shoulders along a 14-mile stretch of Route 248 between Route 76 east and Missouri Route 39, and will be completed between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All lanes of traffic will be open during non-working hours. Weather or construction-related delays may alter the work schedule. For more information, people may call MoDOT at 417-895-7600 or visit modot.org/southwest.

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