ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Contractors from Phillips Hardy, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, plan to shift traffic on U.S. Route 169 (Belt Highway) between Karnes Road and Floral Avenue for a culvert repair project beginning Monday, Aug. 16. Work is scheduled to continue through Oct. 1, 2021.

Expected traffic impacts during the project:

The southbound outside lane will be closed
Southbound traffic will be shifted to the middle turn lane and the inside southbound lane
No left turns will be permitted from the Belt Highway to any businesses or side streets in the project limits
Drivers may only access businesses on the east side of the Belt Highway from the northbound lanes and businesses on the west side of the Belt Highway may only be accessed from the southbound lanes

Northbound traffic will not be shifted
No left turn from northbound Belt Highway to westbound Karnes Road

Drivers should expect delays and may wish to find an alternate route, especially during peak traffic times. Motorists are advised to remain alert and follow all roadway signing and traffic control devices. The work zone, traffic shift, and turning restrictions will be in place around-the-clock until the work is completed.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by always buckling up, keeping your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones. Know before you go and check what work zones you might encounter at

Also at, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.

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