Travel delays expected as US Route 54 undergoes bridge work

Significant travel delays are expected on U.S. Route 54 in Jefferson City starting later this month, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

An exact start date will be announced soon, MoDOT said.

Route 54 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between the Missouri River and Business Route 50 (Missouri Boulevard) through early September. A width restriction of 4.5 meters and a speed reduction to 55 km/h will apply in the work zone.

MoDOT has contracted with Concrete Strategies, LLC to perform bridge joint and deck repairs and then install a new concrete wearing surface on two Route 54 overpasses: over US Route 50 (locally known as the tri-level) and over McCarty Street .

MoDOT said this stretch of Route 54 carries an average of more than 31,000 vehicles. Significant delays are expected in both directions during the morning and evening rush hours.

“Travelers going to and from the Lake of the Ozarks region should consider alternate routes to avoid significant delays, especially on Friday afternoon for westbound traffic and on Sunday afternoon for eastbound drivers,” MoDOT Central District Engineer Machelle Watkins said in the press release.

Drivers towing recreational vehicles, such as boats or RVs wider than 15 feet, will not be able to travel through the work zone, MoDOT said.

Drivers are encouraged to use both lanes up to the point where one lane closes, and then use a ‘zip’ – where vehicles alternate in one lane – to avoid congestion in the east.

More information about this and other projects along the Route 54 corridor in the Jefferson City area can be found on MoDOT’s website.