The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) knows the continued road closures due to flooding and flood damage are impacting lives, including MoDOT workers in these affected areas, and crews are working to repair and restore mobility to routes as waters recede. Local maintenance crews are clearing debris and repairing shoulders and minor road surface issues as they are able. More extensive work, including debris removal, hazardous storage tank removal, significant roadway and shoulder repairs and bridge reconstruction are being contracted out to companies through a bid process.
Patience is running thin in many areas, understandably, but motorists must heed all warnings and road closure barricades. While a roadway may look travel-ready, there may be underlying issues or work yet to be completed before it is safe. Barricades are in place for the public’s protection.
According to a MoDOT press release, the list below are updates on the progress crews have made on several routes where floodwaters have receded.
Route T in Holt County:
Roadway – A large slide formed on a section of roadway near Mill Bluff Road. The slide is more involved than originally thought and the roadway had to be closed. While the slide may look like a simple fix, the severity must be determined, and a solution implemented before the road can be reopened for the safety of motorists. Currently, MoDOT is working with consultants to complete a geotechnical analysis and develop plans for a repair project that is scheduled for a March 2020 letting.
U.S. Route 65 in Carroll County south of Carrollton to Waverly, Missouri:
Roadway – Deep water continues to cover the roadway approximately 5 miles south of Carrollton and continues to the Missouri River near Waverly. Damage to the road and shoulders cannot be assessed until the water recedes.
Route 41 in Carroll County
Roadway – Currently open to one lane of traffic with signals to directing motorists through the damaged area. The road will remain one-lane roadway until a contractor makes repairs.