Weather permitting, paving work on Highway 72 in Rolla is scheduled to start this Monday, April 22.
Preston Kramer, area engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) confirmed the tentative start date, noting that work was set to start this week but was pushed off because of the weather.
Kramer noted that the extended forecast for next week also calls for rain, so work may be delayed again.
A message board on Highway 72 just east of U.S. Highway 63 states that work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists should expect lane closures during the work.
APAC-Missouri, Inc., of Columbia, was awarded the contract for the work to resurface 7.352 miles of Route 72 from U.S. Route 63 in Rolla east to County Road 5220.
On Highway 72 west of Route O, the contractor will perform milling work to remove part of the existing highway and crews will fill it back in with new pavement.
East of Route O will primarily be an overlay project, with brand new pavement put down over the existing pavement, Kramer said, and deficiencies in the pavement will be addressed.
Work also will involve bring some sections of sidewalks, curbs and ramps along that stretch into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and two new pedestrian crossings at Routes 63 and 72.
Kramer said he was unsure where the contractor would start work, but noted, “From my understanding, they will do the roadway work and come back and do the sidewalks.”
APAC submitted the low bid of $2,382,114 for the project. APAC’s bid includes a base bid of $2,212,792.92 and an alternate bid of $169,321.65 for additional sidewalk and ramp work along the portion of Route 72.