Construction on a road resurfacing project on Interstate 44 near Saint Robert/Waynesville is progressing faster than expected.


 Construction on a road resurfacing project on Interstate 44 near Saint Robert/Waynesville is progressing faster than expected. Contactor crews completed the first stage of a project to overlay 8" of concrete in the westbound lanes a week ahead of schedule.

Contractor crews completed work on the pavement between mile markers 158 and 162 late Sunday evening, and the lanes have been re-opened to traffic. The second stage of the project is expected to begin on Tuesday, April 26, and is expected to be completed in approximately 20 days. The second stage includes the rehabilitation of the pavement from mile marker 153 to 158, and includes the replacement of the westbound bridge deck and girders of the Gasconade River Bridge in Laclede County (at mile marker 143).

This project includes several ramp closures. Travel time is expected to increase in this area during construction, as traffic in both directions is reduced to one lane. Motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible.

During the second stage of the project, scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 26, several ramps onto and off of I-44 in the Waynesville area will be closed at various times:

Ramp Closures:

Mile Marker 153: Eastbound on-ramp closed
Mile Marker 156: Eastbound on-ramp, Westbound on-ramp and off-ramp closed
Mile Marker 159: Westbound on-ramp closed
During the second stage of construction, drivers can expect slowed traffic throughout the work zone, especially in the Waynesville area. Some traffic congestion is expected, as traffic in both directions is reduced to one lane. Motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible.