WHAT IS IT? Missouri Department of Transportation personnel were busy replacing malfunctioning loop detectors at the intersection of U.S. 61 and Highway MM in Hannibal on Wednesday.
A portion of the Highway MM and U.S. 61 intersection in Hannibal was reduced to one lane Wednesday so Missouri Department of Transportation workers could replace loop detectors on Highway MM.
According to MoDOT, loop detectors are in-ground devices used to notify the signal when vehicles are stopped at the intersection; they activate the traffic signal to change.
“We were having little issues with the loops,” said MoDOT’s Jody Geisendorfer concerning the replacement project.
Work began Wednesday morning and was supposed to be completed by 5 p.m. Because new concrete was being poured as part of the project, Geisendorfer anticipated the repaired section of roadway would not reopen until approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The work was originally planned a couple of weeks ago, but had to be rescheduled.
Geisendorfer expressed appreciation to motorists for “driving slowly and being careful around the work zone.”