Missouri 179's daily travelers look for a new route

Smoke billows in the background as trees from hillsides are cleared in preparation for road construction. Starting August 29th at 6:00 a.m., Missouri 179 between Rt. C and W. Edgewood Dr. will be closed while an underpass is constructed for the new St. Mary's hospital.

Smoke billows in the background as trees from hillsides are cleared in preparation for road construction. Starting August 29th at 6:00 a.m., Missouri 179 between Rt. C and W. Edgewood Dr. will be closed while an underpass is constructed for the new St. Mary's hospital. Photo by Julie Smith.

Jefferson City public works officials have been looking at what effects closing Missouri 179 would have on local traffic.

Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, the area between Route C and Edgewood Drive will be closed to all traffic for the construction of a new diamond interchange project near where the new St. Mary’s Health Center is being built.

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For approximately three months, crews will remove the existing highway and excavate for Mission Drive, the new road that will go beneath the highway and lead to the new hospital development.

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