Those pesky little reflective posts placed every one-tenth of a mile along the side of U.S. 54 in Callaway County will be replaced soon.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to replace the current metal reflective posts that mark the highway every tenth of a mile.
Many of the metal posts are missing and others are old and battered. They will be replaced with new flexible posts that pop back up if hit by a vehicle. The area where the pop-up markers will be used is in Callaway County along U.S. 54 between Interstate 70 at Kingdom City and Jefferson City.
When the highway shoulders and right-of-way are mowed by highway maintenance crews, there's always a few weeds or sprigs of grass growing next to the marker posts that remain after the mowing is completed, giving the highway a somewhat unkempt appearance.
To solve that problem, MoDOT and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have developed an innovative solution.
They plan to use mats made from recycled tires to control weeds that grow around highway sign posts.