A workman directs traffic when intersection improvements were made earlier at Holder Drive and U.S. 63. (File work)

After two days of traffic congestion and one accident, the Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday afternoon it has made adjustments to improve traffic flow along South Sam Houston Blvd.

The adjustments, which weren’t specifically addressed, were made as contractor crews continue diamond cutting the concrete pavement through Houston. The project is expected to be completed Thursday. Crews are working from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day.

Traffic was slow in both directions and many intersections backed up several vehicles deep Monday and Tuesday as crews worked. Impatient motorists made U-turns, weaved through barriers or ignored stop signs.

MoDOT said motorists should exercise caution in the area, watching for workers and equipment on the roadway. Work zone signage will be in place to help guide motorists.

Posted at 6:06 p.m Monday: A driver of a trailer-truck escaped serious injury this evening on South Sam Houston Blvd.

The big rig was being used in a pavement improvement there. Authorities said the driver was pulling onto the highway facing oncoming traffic when the mishap occurred. Members of the Houston Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Houston Fire Department are on the scene.

The driver, who suffered cuts, refused medical treatment.

The accident occurred at the north drive of Gamo, a local manufacturer.

Published earlier: A three-day diamond cutting project will begin today on U.S. 63 in Houston, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced.

The 1.4-mile project will begin near Main Street and end south of Cleveland Road. Work hours are scheduled from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day.

The project, which involves diamond grinding concrete pavement, was awarded to Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal at a total cost of $113,407. Diamond grinding extends the life of the existing pavement and provides a smoother ride.

MoDot urges motorists to exercise caution in the area, watching for workers and equipment on the roadway. Work zone signage will be in place to help guide motorists.

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