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The Carthage Press
  • MoDOT working on guardrails on Mo. 171

  • Traffic may be pinched in spots on Missouri Highway 171 from Carthage west, but the work will be happening at night to reduce the impact, according to highway officials.
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  • Traffic may be pinched in spots on Missouri Highway 171 from Carthage west, but the work will be happening at night to reduce the impact, according to highway officials.
    The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning to replace or repair guardrails on Missouri 171 from Carthage all the way to the Kansas State Line. The work will start on Tuesday and will take place starting at 7 p.m. each night and ending at 6 a.m. in the morning.
    Most of the guardrails are between Carthage and Webb City, although there are a few from Webb City to the state line.
    MoDOT said lanes will have to be closed where workers are working, so traffic in one direction may be reduced to one lane on the four-lane section of 171, while drivers may experience delays as flaggers direct traffic on the two-lane sections of the highway.
    This work is in advance of a major resurfacing project planned for next month on the highway.
    Details on that project won't be available for a few days,  but MoDOT officials said it won't start before July 11 and the work on that project will also take place at night.
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