The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to reopen Missouri Route 15 around 10 a.m. today, Thursday, March 7 with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to reopen Missouri Route 15 around 10 a.m. today, Thursday, March 7 with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph.

“MoDOT is finalizing results of the repair to determine the integrity of the roadway and still investigating the extent of the damage before a plan to make permanent repairs is developed,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner.

Crews have made temporary repairs to nearly 1000 feet of roadway damaged by a gas line explosion early Sunday morning. The nearby Davis Fork Bridge was not damaged and has passed an emergency inspection.

Due to the extreme heat of the fire and explosion, the oil within the roadway which binds the aggregate, was “cooked” out, resulting in an unstable driving surface with damage of unknown depths. Damages included a golf ball-like surface with holes as big as 10” wide.

“The surface is still soft within that 1,000 feet, so we appreciate motorists following the reduced speed limit until it can be permanently repaired,” Haeffner said.

The road was closed due to damage as a result of a gas line explosion early Sunday morning. MoDOT will work with the pipeline and a contractor to make permanent repairs to the roadway once we begin to receive more suitable temperatures for the work.

For updates, refer to the online traveler information map at www.modot.org.