A project on U.S. 63 in Houston is now slated to begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.

A major construction project on U.S. 63 through Houston will not start until next Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

Audie Pulliam, resident engineer, said rainfall in other parts of the state had delayed a subcontractor arriving on the scene on Monday, the expected first day of the project to add additional lanes to U.S. 63 and install new pavement.

Missouri Petroleum Products, a St. Louis-based firm, has the first step in the project, which is expected to be completed in November: It includes an underseal on the pavement that involves pumping asphalt under the concrete, Pulliam said.

A $1,777,245 contract was awarded to Chester Bross Construction Co. of Hannibal for pavement improvements on U.S. 63 from Brushy Creek to Indian Creek in Texas County.  

The work includes five lanes from First Street to Sonic Drive-In and three lanes from Miller’s Grill to Sonic Drive-In.

Additional funding found later allowed for the third lane to be added from Sonic Drive-In south to Miller’s Grill that hadn’t been included in the original bid.

The City of Houston last week encouraged motorists to avoid the construction site by using alternate roadways, such as Lilly Road, Holder Drive and Thomasville Road.

Traffic won’t be stopped for more than 15 minutes at a time. One lane will always be open.

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