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July 27, 2012BUCHANAN COUNTY, MO | By: Meyer
A busy intersection in Buchanan County will soon see some changes in an effort to reduce traffic accidents.
The “Y” intersection of U-S 59 and Missouri highway 45 will become a three-way stop from its current one way stop with two way traffic. MO-DOT Northwest District Customer Relations Manager Melissa Black says the insertion of stop signs should be completed no later than September 15th. Black says the yield curves will remain in place and the county road that is currently blocked off by the railroad will remain in place, essentially making it a four-way stop, once that construction is complete. This project goes along with the roadwork that was awarded to Herzog Contracting Corporation of St. Joseph to improve a 15 mile portion of roadway from just north of U.S. Hwy 59 in Buchanan County south on Route 45 through Weston to just south of Route 273 in Platte County. Repairs are currently being made to the pavement and to shoulder drop offs that were caused during last year's flooding. Following repairs, Herzog will widen shoulders to two feet from Route H south to Route 273 (approximately 2.8 miles). Repairs are expected to take approximately two weeks. Herzog will then complete the project by adding two lifts of asphalt over the entire project length, which should take approximately three weeks. The 15 mile section will also receive new guardrail, rumble stripes and striping.