Construction to close parts of Interstate 70 at Route Z

Monday, May 20, 2013 | 5:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A stretch of Interstate 70 will be down to one lane Monday night.

From 7 to 10 p.m., the Route Z interchange of I-70 near Loveall RVs will be down to one lane. At about 10 p.m. that traffic will be diverted over the exit ramps and back onto the interstate, said to Kirsten Munck, assistant to the resident engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Traffic will return to normal at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

All exit and entrance ramps from I-7o to Route Z and Rangeline Road will be closed during the project, Munck said.

In the event of inclement weather, construction will be rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The construction is part of a project that began at the end of March. It will replace the existing Route Z bridge over I-70, adding shoulders, resurfacing the stretch of the route between I-70 and St. Charles Road and building a roundabout at the intersection of Route Z and St. Charles Road, according to a Department of Transportation news release.

The project will cost a little more than $2 million and will help improve traffic safety around the recently built Battle High School by accommodating turn lanes, Munck said. It is scheduled to be completed in early August.

Route Z can be accessed by taking the north outer road from Route J in Callaway County. Rangeline Road can be accessed by taking the south outer road from St. Charles Road, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Kate Moritz.

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