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MoDOT working to address accidents at Highway 61, 24, Route F intersection

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If you've been confused by the re-done intersection of Highway 61, 24, and Route F South of Palmyra, Missouri recently, MoDOT officials said you aren't alone, but they're working on addressing those issues.

People who work nearby the intersection said the problem is the new Route F exit ramp is often confused for Route 24.

They said it has some drivers even driving off the road, and they're hoping something can be done.

"Well since they've finished the construction, we've seen a lot of confusion the signage was a little confusing, we've seen a number of people go off the embankment, go completely off the road," said Sidenstricker Nobbe delivery driver Jim Nixon.

He said the work at the intersection isn't all bad however, he said now it's much safer to move big equipment like combines in and out of the intersection.

But Nixon said several times a day turning around after taking the Route F exit.

MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Untiedt said they're aware of the issue.

"For a lot of people the GPS device is confusing them as they come through this way, it's telling them to keep right and they try and keep to the furthest right lane, some of them are a little confused by the signs," said Untiedt, "so we made some changes to our signs out here today with our crews and made a few changes to our pavement marking to try and help with that."

He said they're working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to figure out what confused drivers than end up turning around, or driving off the embankment as well.

Untiedt said changing language like 'right lane' to 'center lane' and removing some arrows pointing to the route f ramp are just the beginning of changes.

"If the problem continues, there's some signage changes, some route marking changes and some of the pavement marking that we'll look at, we're hoping that the changes we made this week and today help with the majority of the problem," said Untiedt.

Nixon said he's glad it's a priority for them.

"I think now time is going to tell we're right here by the intersection so we see the accidents all the time, we see the cars down in the embankment, so time will tell if it's working because we're going to see it," said Nixon.

Untiedt said if issues persist, things like overhead signage, despite being expensive and hard to install here, could come under consideration.

Work began on the intersection there in March of this year.

At the time the primary goal of the project was to make sure the angle for the route f intersection is at a 90 degree right angle so people aren't having to look over their shoulders to see approaching traffic.

They said the project cost around $6.8 million.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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