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April 15, 2019 | By: Ryan Elliot
Due to closures on Interstate 29 from recent flooding, U.S. Route 71 has seen more thru traffic and it has caused more damage than usual.
Area Engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation Adam Watson says the damage is more than normally expected this year.
"We expect wear and tear, we just didn't expect this many trucks this early in the season this fast. So we're going to see more damage, more potholes, more rudding, more shoulder damage than we would normally. That's very much happening as we speak."
Watson adds that once the water comes down, MoDOT will send out crews to repair U.S. 71 and other local routes. For more information visit modot.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT.