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On Monday, contractors began work on a project to realign the Tecumseh curves on Highway 160. The $3.4 million contract, which aims to redirect the highway through a straighter path, widen the roadway and provide improved guardrails, was awarded to Van Buren-based H. R. Quadri Contractors. The project is set to be completed this fall. During construction, traffic will be able to pass through the area, although there may be some delays, officials said. “We set up enough widening in an attempt to carry two lanes of traffic as construction activities will allow, but there may be frequent times when traffic is reduced to one lane by using a flagging operation,” Missouri Department of Transportation project manager Pete Berry said. “There will also be short-term, full-road closures periodically that may last up to a half hour to allow for rock blasting and clearing rock debris from the roadway.” Berry said anytime Highway 160 will be closed completely, MoDOT will announce the closure publicly. When asked if the workers will keep a set daily schedule, Audie Pulliam, MoDOT resident engineer, said work time will likely vary. “The contractor’s schedule will vary based on weather and progress, so I can’t offer anything definite. Work could be occurring Monday through Friday and will change weekly. Isolated work on weekends could also occur, but that shouldn’t happen very often.”

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