Drivers taking highway 5 through Lebanon will notice some road construction getting underway.
Officials with MoDot say a contractor will begin replacing pavement along the outside lanes from Route 64 to Commercial street in September.
The plan is to stabilize the pavement through the winter and restart the paving project sometime next spring.
Part of the reason for this construction is the rapid deterioration of the roadway, which required the state to move up construction plans.
Maintenance crews have already made numerous repairs to potholes, damaged sections of the roadway and the railroad crossing.
Route 5 Driving Surface Upgrade Scheduled to Begin This Fall
LEBANON – The Missouri Department of Transportation has received a large amount of inquiries and road reports regarding Route 5 (Jefferson Avenue) in Lebanon and says a smoother roadway is on the way.
This September, a contractor working for MoDOT will begin the process of replacing the pavement along the outside lanes of Jefferson Avenue from the Route 64 intersection to Commercial Street. This will stabilize the roadway through the winter. The contractor will return in the spring and repave the entire surface of the roadway.
“This roadway has deteriorated at an unforeseen rate. We were able to move this project up in the schedule and have focused on maintaining the roadway until the full replacement can begin,” said Robert Lynch, Area Engineer for Laclede County. “Our maintenance crews have already made improvements around the railroad intersection and are making every effort to address immediate needs, such as potholes, ahead of the pavement replacement this fall.”
Lynch also said that MoDOT appreciates the patience of motorists and encouraged drivers to watch for crews once work begins.
“We have seen an increase in work zone crashes this summer. This work will likely slow down traffic and we ask that drivers help us reverse this trend by watching for work taking place, give workers plenty of room and avoid distractions while behind the wheel.”
MoDOT’s Central District will provide updates on the status and start date of this project through media releases, social media, the Traveler Information Map, and at modot.org/central.
For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.