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Route Z construction begins

By Sherree Burruss, Sports Reporter, sherree.burruss@kmiz.com
Published On: Apr 01 2013 09:05:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 09:52:38 AM CDT

Crews will divert I-70 traffic during bridge removal.

COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Construction starts Tuesday on a stretch of road just east of Columbia that is expecting to see a significant increase in traffic later this year.

MoDOT and Boone County are working together on the route Z overpass and intersection at Saint Charles Road.

Construction will add an extra lane on the overpass Tuesday requiring crews to build a new bridge. 

"Putting in an extra lane on the bridge allows for traffic to stop and make a left movement while other traffic can go around and head north or south," Michael Schupp, MoDOT engineer said. 

The second change is adding a 3-foot shoulder and a new overlay on Route Z I-70 to Saint Charles Road. 

Part of the reason for the expansion is to accommodate pedestrian traffic. 

"We are also going to construct a roundabout at the intersection of St. Charles Road and Route Z. This is a much needed project especially with the completion of Battle High school," Schupp says. 

The new school will become home to more than 1,000 students and 150 staff members and with the added traffic, the city wanted further improvements.

The city and MoDOT are cost sharing the $2.3 million project.

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