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Route 79 closed south of Hannibal for resurfacing

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Northeast Missouri residents are used to road closures on Highway 79 due to landslides, but this time, it's closed for a major resurfacing project.

Southbound traffic from Continental Cement to the junction of routes E and N near Saverton is completely shut down. Northbound traffic is still running, but with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

However, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging residents to seek alternate routes, due to the large amount of construction.

Engineers say the upgrade is long overdue, and should last for many years, due to the type of surface being used.

"Concrete is a little bit unusual when we're doing an overlay of existing pavement," said Brian Haeffner, an Area Engineer with MoDOT.  "Normally we'd use asphalt, but because of the heavy truck traffic that uses Route 79, we think that concrete's going to give us a longer-lasting product."

A second leg of the project to the north will follow, though two lane traffic will remain open. Work should be completed by September.

Attractions like Sawyer's Creek and the Mark Twain Cave remain open.

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