Traffic Shift to Take Place at Center Junction

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation are alerting motorists that there will be a traffic shiftat Center Junction due to the diverging diamond project. Coming up, the eastside of Interstate 55 will be in the final stages.  Because of weather, phase 1 is now anticipated to start overnight on Thursday, September 3, weather permitting. The three-phase approach will take place over the course of about six weeks. The opening phase includes shifting traffic o use new pavement and existing westbound lanes. The northbound I-55 on ramp will be open to traffic. Construction at the northbound I-55 off ramp will be underway. The second phase will include shifting the northbound I-55 off ramp traffic onto new pavement and close access to Veterans Memorial Drive south. The last phase will include reopening access to Veterans Memorial Drive. Traffic signals will be in operation at Veterans Memorial Drive following completion of Phase 3. During all three phases, access between Old Orchard Road in Jackson and Boulder Crest Drive in Cape Girardeau will be right in, right out only.

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