Contractor crew begins laying new westbound lane on Tecumseh curves
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.