Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Paving Contract Ready on River-Ravaged Road

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Paving Contract Ready on River-Ravaged Road

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The state expects to award a paving contract today for a 1,000-foot section of Highway 54 that looks as if it had been bombed, thanks to the rampaging Missouri River.

Officials said the work should be done in two to three weeks, if enough sand is available to make the concrete.

The river swamped the highway July 29, washing out the northbound lanes. Since the highway reopened Aug. 3, two-way traffic has been squeezed into the southbound lanes, creating tie-ups that stretch for miles.

The washout of all four lanes of Highway 63 to Columbia compounded the problem, because that traffic now uses Highway 54, too. The Highway Department is laying a temporary asphalt base on two lanes of Highway 63 and hopes to re-open that road late this week.

Under the low bid submitted Wednesday, Howard Construction Co. of Sedalia, Mo., will pave the northbound lanes of both roads for $1,084,725. State workers already have rebuilt the roads' bases.

The lanes that collapsed were built on sand. …

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