Construction crews are making progress on a new
interchange at U.S. 63 and Route H near the Columbia Regional Airport.
Starting as early as Friday, Oct. 14, weather permitting, motorists will be
able to use a new detour to access Route H from U.S. 63 in Boone County.
While the new interchange will remain under construction through late
2012, a new connection to Route H from Hardwick Lane has been built and
motorists will be able to exit U.S. 63 at the roadside park and use
Hardwick Lane to access to Route H. This new detour will remain in place
through the remainder of the project.
"The contractor is scheduled to complete paving, signing and other
finishing work at Route H and Hardwick Lane sometime this week," said MoDOT
Resident Engineer Charles Sullivan. "Depending on their progress, the new
detour route could open on Friday, Oct. 14 or early the following week."
Crews will also finish paving work for a temporary bypass at Log
Providence Road, which is scheduled to be resurfaced at the same time.
Chester Bross Construction Company/C.B. Equipment, Inc. of Hannibal,
Mo. is contracted to build the new interchange at Route H. The project also
includes the construction of 3.5 miles of new southbound lanes from north
of Route 163 to Route H. An outer road system will be created using the
current southbound lanes.