Portion of U.S. 63 to close while constructing new J-turns

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 9:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — U.S. Highway 63's two new southbound lanes are on track to open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

But from 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25th to 10 a.m. Sept. 26, the existing lanes going southbound on Highway 63 will be reduced to one lane just south of the Route H interchange so that workers can connect the lanes, Missouri Department of Transportation resident engineer Chuck Sullivan said.

Private entrances to Highway 63 on the east and west sides will be blocked off, Sullivan said. The crossovers at Route AB and Route 163 will be closed and two new J-turns will be put into service.

The interchange at U.S. Highway 63 and Route H is the last phase of the project, according to a MoDOT news release.

The entire project should be done by mid-November, Sullivan said. In the meantime, people can continue to use the Hardwick Lane detour to get to the Columbia Regional Airport.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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alan hamilton September 22, 2012 | 6:52 a.m.

All this by the same people who brought us the US 63/I70 interchange!

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