Expect nightly lane closures
he long-awaited repair work for a rough stretch of Hwy. 92 in Platte City is slated to get started this week, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Crews will close various eastbound and westbound lanes of Hwy. 92 between Running Horse Rd. and Marshall Rd. from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly, beginning Monday, Aug. 2 and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 7 for pavement repair work.
Originally the work was set for late June, but was delayed to better fit the contractor’s schedule.
The work will be a cost-share project between the state and the City of Platte City.
As previously reported in The Landmark, the stretch of Hwy. 92 from roughly Marshall Road near the post office to Kentucky Avenue near QuikTrip developed a mine field of potholes in the winter months. MoDOT earlier this spring did come do some patchwork on the stretch, but even with the patches motorists are finding the drive is still anything but smooth.
A milling and overlay of Hwy. 92 through Platte City was not originally scheduled by the Missouri Department of Transportation for a few years, but the rapid deterioration of that stretch of the highway brought some complaints. The complaints came from motorists and also from the City of Platte City.
Encouragement from the city has now prompted MoDOT to schedule milling and overlay for this summer. Platte City’s “encouragement” not only came through complaints but also through the city’s willingness to share in the cost of the improvements this summer.
Original discussions had the area to be improved running from Kentucky to Marshall, but MoDOT has now expanded the scope of work to tie the resurfacing directly to the western end of the ongoing Exit 18 improvement work.
According to DJ Gehrt, city administrator for Platte City, the original scope of work had an estimated cost of $560,000. Adding an additional 700 linear feet to the project increases the estimated cost to $622,000.
If the cost share is approved, the City of Platte City is expected to be between $280,000 to $320,000.
Gehrt said the city’s amended transportation capital project budget is sufficient to fund the city’s portion of the project within that range.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.