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Highway 61 now open after MoDOT makes repairs

ALEXANDRIA, MO (WGEM) — Things are getting back to normal on the Mississippi River.

Highway 61 in Alexandria, Missouri, is now open, after being closed off and on over the last two months.

Crews spent Monday morning fixing the shoulders of Highway 61. They put down new asphalt to make sure it’s safe for cars and trucks to drive on.

Employees who work along Highway 61 said on Friday afternoon, there were pieces of the shoulder floating in the water. MoDOT crews said they got out here as soon as possible Monday morning to fix it and get the road back open.

It’s the second fix due to flooding this spring and MoDOT crews said more repairs may be needed.

“Like I said, the main goal is just to get everything opened up and then once the water goes down, of course we’ll find more damage yet, I’m sure,” Maintenance Supervisor Jamie Mathes said.

MoDOT officials said they’ve considered raising the road, but that would be more expensive than the cost of fixing it every time.

The businesses along this road are also in cleanup mode after water got into most of the buildings.

 

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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