A section of Route T between Newburg and Doolittle will close starting today so that work can begin on replacing a caved-in portion of the highway caused by flooding earlier this month.
Route T near County Road 7290 was scheduled to close at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced the closure that is scheduled to last through Friday, Aug. 30, but Preston Kramer, a MoDOT area engineer, said the work may be completed sooner.
Don Schnieders Excavating of Jefferson City was awarded the project Monday on the low bid of $107,723.30. Six other contractors also submitted bids — T&J Lawn & Tree Service, LLC, $142,898; CE Contracting, Inc., $143,190.90; L.F. Krupp Construction, Inc., $147,310.50; D&E Plumbing and Heating, Inc., $156,996.50; Lehman Construction, LLC, $169,193; and H.R. Quadri Contractors, LLC, $170,321.10.
"We moved quickly to advertise and award these projects so we can get these roads repaired as quickly as possible and back open to traffic," said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester.
Super-saturated ground from heavy rains earlier this month led to the section of Route T just north of County Road 7290 to cave in. Material under the road liquified and slid down the hill, Kramer explained.
The cave-in was reported Aug. 10 and since then temporary traffic control signals had been placed to direct motorists through the area, which was open to only one lane of traffic.
Kramer said the contractor will have to rebuilt the road. “All of the material under the road will need to be moved for this project,” he said.
Motorists are recommended to use the following detour around the project: Route J to Route P to Route T.
“We appreciate motorists’ patience while we work to repair the damage the flooding left in its wake,” Silvester said.
Don Schnieders also was awarded a project in Pulaski County to repair part of Route H, which washed away in Waynesville. That work also is scheduled begin today and set to be complete Aug. 30.
Don Schneiders was awarded this work on the low bid of $92,177.68.
The other bids on the Route H project were D&E Plumbing and Heating, Inc., $107,794; L.F. Krupp Construction, Inc., $110,239.60; T&J Lawn & Tree Service, LLC, $138,673; CE Contracting, Inc., $138,722.30; Lehman Construction, LLC, $155,587.50; and H.R. Quadri Contractors, LLC, $193,442.60.
Route H remains closed to all but local traffic. Motorists are asked to take an alternate route around this project.