Bridge work causes Columbia traffic delays
Traffic is moving slowly on Highway 63 in Columbia during rush hours.
Highway crews are repairing and resurfacing 8 bridges in that area between now and August 1.
Highway officials said patience and courtesy make the ride a lot easier. Electronic signs along the construction area show people they should use both lanes until they reach work areas. Most people are pulling over and using just one lane as they pass through the work sites. Some people stuck in traffic said itâ??s hard to be patient.
Rachel Bardot said, â??Itâ??s absolutely horrible. I have no patience for it. I really donâ??t want to deal with it. I try to avoid it as much as possible.â??
Travis Hughes said, â??Iâ??ve heard that they are doing bridge work with various closes and whatnot. Iâ??ve just been going around it.â??
Work started on Tuesday. It takes about 10 days to finish work on one lane of a bridge. They work on one lane at a time to keep traffic moving and usually complete work on a both lanes of a bridge within 20 days.
MoDOT Engineer Chuck Sullivan said, â??As traffic progresses through the project, we try to make a few tweaks with the city on signals and stuff to see where people are traveling and what volumes change to see how they are going to handle it.â??
Once the work is over, highway officials said the bridges should last for another 20 years.
Highway officials want drivers to find alternate routes whenever possible.