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      Changes in store for Hwy 179-Industrial Drive intersection

      MoDOT will create a dedicated left-turn lane.

      The Missouri Department of Transportation has decided to modify the lanes of traffic near the intersection of Highway 179 and Industrial Drive in Jefferson City.

      At the end of March, crews will reconfigure the inside southbound lane, between the stoplight and Merchants Drive, as a dedicated two-way center turn lane. Right now, thru southbound traffic must wait behind people wanting to turn left into businesses such as the Gerbes Grocery Store and Sonic Drive-in. "We've seen some accidents out there," says MoDOT District Highway Engineer Trent Brooks. "So we're doing this in an effort to improve traffic flow and safety."

      The work is scheduled for the week of March 24th. It will be done overnight and should take only a couple of nights. MoDOT has diagrams showing both the old and new layouts.