Missouri Department of Transportation officials said they learned of the rock slide Thursday night and closed the northbound lane over safety concerns.
MoDOT will bid a contract to take care of the issue Monday morning. Officials said work, which involves stabilizing the rock bluff face and removing loose rock, will begin as early as Tuesday.
Central District Engineer David Silvester commented on our Facebook post about the rock slide to clarify the reason for the bid contract: "MoDOT employees did put together the engineering work for this. However the department does not have the equipment required to do this work. Hence we will hire a contractor to stabilize the rock cut area. We will work quickly to try and minimize the duration of the lane closure."
The northbound lane may be closed for about ten days, with periodic closures of Route 63 throughout the project's duration. MoDOT officials said it should be done in early May.
"We are working as quickly as we can to fix the problem," Silvester said. "Our primary concern is always for the traveling public, and we are taking every precaution to ensure conditions in the area of the rock slide remain safe for travel."
Message boards, warning lights and signs will be posted on highway 63 to let motorists know about the lane closure, which may cause minor delays.
For more information, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central.