Contractor crew begins laying new westbound lane on Tecumseh curves

Times photo / Jessi Dreckman Contractor crews are laying the aggregate base and starting to pave the new westbound lanes on the Highway 160 project at the Tecumseh curves. MoDOT says the project is on schedule and should be finished during this “construction season.”

Map courtesy of MoDOT This MoDOT project map shows the plan for the Tecumseh curves project on Highway 160. The red area shows the widening of the roadway, and the blue area shows the one section of curves that will be realigned. The new roadway will have two 12-foot lanes with 4-foot shoulders on each side.

Missouri Department of Transportation resident engineer Audie Pulliam says the realignment of the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160 is on schedule. 

“The Tecumseh project is progressing, and we are still planning on having it open this construction season,” Pulliam told the Times. “The contractor is currently laying the aggregate base in preparation for paving the new westbound lanes. Once this paving is complete, both lanes of traffic will be moved to the newly constructed pavement while the old pavement is removed for eastbound lane construction.”

Pulliam says that, in general, the new widened roadway follows the existing road with alignment improvements at some of the curves, but motorists probably won’t notice a dramatic difference in the highway’s location. The bigger change will be that the new road will consist of two 12-foot-wide traffic lanes, each with a 4-foot shoulder, Pulliam said.

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