‘Innovative safety project’ to begin Sunday on U.S. 54

Starting Sunday afternoon, state transportation department crews will add a “High Friction Surface Treatment” to U.S. 54 at Madison Street in Jefferson City.

The change is designed to help keep motorists safer, MoDOT said in a news release.

The pavement treatment will be applied to the highway’s eastbound and westbound lanes, beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Monday through Thursday, the work will begin at 7:30 p.m.

It is scheduled to end at 5:30 a.m. each day, to accommodate commuter and daytime traffic.

The work requires lane closures.

And weather conditions will affect the project — rain will postpone the application, and colder temperatures will lengthen the time it takes for the treatment to cure.

For project updates, the news release said motorists are encouraged to visit the website, www.modot.org/central; the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MoDOTCentralMissouriDistrict; or the Twitter page @MoDOT_Central.

“We are excited to implement this innovative new pavement treatment,” Central District Engineer Dave Silvester said in the news release.

“When the work is finished, the High Friction Surface Treatment will help provide more traction when driving in the rain, ice or snow.”

A Federal Highway Administration grant, Highways for LIFE, provided part of the funding for the pavement application project.

MoDOT said its grants are designed to fund innovative highway and bridge projects that improve safety, create jobs and enhance the quality of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Missouri is one of 13 states to receive such grant funding.

Truesdell Corporation Midwest, Jefferson City, is the contractor for the $84,333 Jefferson City project.

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