Mo. 79 resurfacing to start Monday

Posted: Sep. 7, 2013 12:45 am Updated: Sep. 28, 2013 1:15 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Resurfacing work is scheduled to begin Monday on Mo. 79 south of Hannibal.

Missouri Department of Transportation engineers say crews from Chester Bross Construction Co. are ready to begin the second phase of the $4.4 million Mo. 79 project.

During the project, traffic will be two-way on the three-lane section of the road from Fulton Avenue to just north of Mark Twain Cave. The remaining section of Mo. 79, from just north of the entrances to Mark Twain Cave and Sawyer's Creek, will be reduced to one lane controlled by a timed signal.

Crews have been installing signs and other traffic control devices so they will be in place before Monday. There will be a 10-foot width restriction in the work zone and a reduced speed limit of 35 mph.

Crews and equipment will be working close to traffic, so drivers are asked to use extra caution while traveling through the work zone. Delays should be expected.

Access to tourist attractions such as Lovers Leap, Mark Twain Cave and Sawyer's Creek will remain open to the public. Work should be completed by late September or early October.