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Improvements scheduled for highways 61, 54

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded contracts for road surface improvements for next summer on US 61 and 54 in Audrain, Pike and Ralls counties.

Interstate Improvement, Inc. of Faribault, Minn. was awarded the contract for $936,771.15.

Diamond grinding will be used on various areas of US 61 in Pike and Ralls, and US 54 in Audrain and Pike counties.

Diamond grinding is a technique used to preserve the existing pavement by correcting a variety of surface issues.

The immediate effect of diamond grinding is a significant improvement in the smoothness of a pavement and increased surface skid resistance, noise reduction and safety.

The work is expected to begin after April and be completed by Nov. 1.

More information will be available when the project start date is determined.

All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. Those traveling and commuting public are encouraged to check the online map at daily for new work zones.

For more information about these projects or other transportation related information contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

You can also visit MoDOT online at