The 24/61 highway interchange near Taylor, Missouri has proven to be one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in northeast Missouri, according to Missouri Department of Transportation officials.
MoDOT took the first steps Monday in fixing this problem.
Truck driver Byron Smith says he's happy MoDOT is fixing the interchange, because in his opinion it's one of the more dangerous roads he drives on.
"I think 61 is. I really do. It's terrible. It needs repair," Smith said. "It's rough, and it is one of the most dangerous roads I believe around here."
Smith drives his truck all over the country and says he knows all too well how dangerous 24/61 can be, especially when it rains.
"When it's wet center of gravity on a truck, especially a tanker, it never stops moving it's back and forth," Smith said. "Everywhere there's a dimple or an indention in the road, or a wet spot, something that's holding the water it makes it extra dangerous."
MoDOT engineer Marty Lincoln says that's why the state decided to put in brand new asphalt designed to hold a more stable surface.
"It helps with getting some of the water off the pavement and gives you a better surface a more rougher surface to drive on and it does help to shed the water off," Lincoln said.
Not only is MoDOT putting down safer asphalt, but they are also attempting to eliminate driver confusion.
"We're going to re-change some of the striping and try to get traffic re-directed better, put some bigger sings up, let them know which lane they need to be in and get them de-lineated and get them changing and get in the right lane before they get to where the roadway splits up there," Lincoln said.
Smith says he is glad MoDOT making the road safer for his fellow truckers and those who share the road with them.
"It makes feel good about it, it makes me feel that they care, ya know. At least somebody is doing something making and effort," Smith said.
Lincoln says he expects work to be finished by the end of the week, if the weather permits, and if not, by early next week.
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