LEXINGTON, Mo. - The Route 13 "Gap Project" to relocate the highway south of Route 24 near Lexington is moving along on schedule. MoDOT will need to close Route 13 traffic between Route E and Burns School Road beginning Thursday, August 26 through the end of September, weather permitting.
Crews will tie the existing pavement into the new lanes of Route 13 just south of Lexington requiring the road closure. A signed detour will be in place for the more than 4000 vehicles driving through the area daily. Traffic will be detoured onto Route E south to Route FF into Higginsville to reconnect with Route 13.
The "Gap Project" is a 3.1 mile extension of new lanes on Route 13 to provide a direct connection from the interchange with Route 24 to existing Route 13 southeast of Lexington. Current conditions require traffic on Route 13 from Richmond to Lexington to exit at Route 24, go west into Lexington, and connect to the old highway. The new lanes of Route 13 being constructed will allow traffic to continue south along Route 13 at the Route 24 intersection, bridging the gap between the two sections currently in place.
Once the work on this section is complete, the road will reopen and allow traffic to use the new lanes on Route 13. The community and motorists will begin to see the benefits of the new road as it will improve safety, increase mobility, decrease travel time, provide for efficient movement of traffic, and offer a convenient and economical north/south route.
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