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Due to highway improvements, motorists traveling on Interstate 44 through the central part of Missouri during August will experience lane closures and significant delays.
Projects along I-44 include several areas in Phelps and Crawford counties. Beginning today (Wednesday, Aug. 3), pavement repairs along the westbound lanes between the Rolla city limits and Sugar Tree Road will cause lane closures that will last 24 hours a day lasting up to 90 days.
East of St. Robert, contractors are continuing a project to improve the eastbound and westbound I-44 bridges over Trophy Lane. One lane is closed in each direction at this location.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 8, repairs will begin on the Route 17 bridge west of Waynesville. This work will require the closure of the Route 17 bridge, along with the eastbound lanes of I-44, from 7 p.m.-6:30 a.m. for two weeks. Detours will be in place for Route 17 traffic, while eastbound I-44 traffic will be diverted through the work zone via the exit and entrance ramps at the interchange. This work is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, Aug. 25.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 8, work will begin on the replacement of the deck of the Route U bridge east of St. James. Work will take place during the overnight hours until Monday, Aug. 15, at which time work will move to daytime hours. One eastbound and one westbound lane of I-44 will be closed at the overpass. The work will be completed by late November.