Area motorists will soon notice a smoother drive on U.S. Route 65 through Chillicothe and on Linn County Route M. Missouri Petroleum, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), will make repairs and complete micro-resurfacing on U.S. Route 65 from just north of County Road 228 to U.S. Route 36 and on Route M from just north of Brookfield to Route 11. According to a press release from MoDOT crews expect to begin work on both routes beginning July 22 and are scheduled to have all work completed in mid-August.

Work will take place during nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with crews working four days a week on both roadways. Some work may occur on the weekends, if necessary, to complete the project on time. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled.

Motorists are urged to use caution and obey all traffic control, including signs, flaggers and pilot cars. Delays are expected, so drivers may want to choose an alternate route during this project.

MoDOT encourages all travelers to slow down, especially in work zones, as there will be large equipment and workers near drivers. As always, please buckle up, eliminate distractions, pay attention and drive safely so everyone can Arrive Alive.