Information provided by ODOT
EDDYVILLE— Supplemental safety improvements along a nine mile stretch of US 20 near Eddyville will begin this week in Lincoln County and be completed sometime in September.
The two month project will realign a sharp curve east of Eddyville, which has been the site of several serious injury crashes including two fatalities. Rumble strips, speed reduction markings, and a portable electronic reader board will be installed.
In addition, two vehicle-activated traffic calming signs and two additional flashing beacons will be placed along the route.
Current highway signs between the Simpson Creek Bridge and Deer Creek Road will be replaced with new ones that meet the most recent standards for easier reading, especially at night. Safety pavement markings and new highway striping will also be added.
During construction, motorists should anticipate occasional single lane restrictions with delays of 5 to 15 minutes. Motorists should also be alert for construction equipment and vehicles entering and leaving the construction zone.
The improvements are being made in conjunction with the replacement of a ten mile segment of old US 20 with a new 5.5 mile segment that will offer wider travel lanes, additional passing lanes and a straighter alignment. ODOT made the commitment to construct the supplemental safety improvements even though the affected highway segment will transfer to Lincoln County ownership after the new major re-alignment of Highway 20 is completed sometime in 2016.