Lane replacement jams traffic on Missouri's I-44

| Friday, June 24, 2005

If you’re traveling through eastern Missouri on Interstate 44, you might want to consider an alternate route.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is replacing the eastbound lanes on the roadway in Crawford County between mile markers 204 and 214 near the city of Cuba. Traffic officials are running both eastbound and westbound traffic next to each other on the westbound lanes.

“We are currently experiencing delays of up to two hours in the westbound direction on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” Tom Stehn, district engineer for the Missouri DOT, said in a press release. “We are also experiencing delays in the eastbound direction of at least two hours on Sunday afternoons and evenings from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.”

MoDOT customer service representative Danny Bradley said the DOT is recommending several alternate routes.

“We are suggesting some alternate routes on our Web site, depending on where they’re going,” Bradley said.

For drivers traveling westbound from St. Louis, Bradley suggested taking Route 50 to Route 28 down to U.S. 63 through Rolla. For travelers going to the Lake of the Ozarks, he suggested taking U.S. 50 through Jefferson City to U.S. 54.

The project began in early June and is scheduled for completion by Aug. 15.

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