MoDOT warns of construction delays for MU graduation weekend

Highway 63 between Grindstone Pkwy. and Stadium Blvd. will be down to one lane all weekend.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning drivers of possible delays caused by construction zones and a large influx of people during the University of Missouri's graduation weekend.

"We do ask folks just to plan ahead, allow extra time for their travel, and be on the look out for work zones that might be out on the road," Sally Oxenhandler, MoDOT Customer Relations Manager, said.

Debi Griffith, who drove to Columbia from Kansas City for her daughter's graduation, said she's used to dealing with construction zones.

"There's always construction. 99 percent of the time there's construction," Griffith said.

"It slowed us down, we got down to real slow."

While construction in areas like Highway 63 through Ashland and I-70 at Stadium Boulevard will halt for the weekend, drivers heading northboung on 63 may see backups between Grindstone Parkway and Stadium Blvd.

Bridge work will have that area down to one lane all weekend.

"That's probably one area people will want to avoid if they're traveling in Columbia," Oxenhandler said.

"So we advise folks if they're traveling northbound on 63 to take the AC exit to get to Hearnes or to get to the arena."

Oxenhandler recommends drivers check MoDOT's traveler information map online before they head out for up-to-the-minute road conditions and delays.

She adds that MoDOT will have extra crews out monitoring the situation on 63 this weekend to act if necessary.

"We would put out message boards alerting folks to an incident up ahead or that there's travel delays up might be law enforcement, just folks directing traffic to make sure traffic moves more quickly," Oxenhandler said.