Work is progressing on adding shoulders along Highway A between Union and Krakow.

At this point, shoulders are being constructed along the east side of the highway at the south end of the project, according to Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer.

Wagner said the contractor will continue to move north building the shoulders on the east side.

“When they get about two weeks of work in, they will start to lay asphalt on the shoulders,” Wagner told The Missourian.

“Once the shoulders are constructed on both sides of the highway, the contractor will overlay the entire south portion of the highway,” she noted.

It’s likely that only the south section, from Union to Highway YY at Krakow, will be completed this construction season.

“At this time we do not believe the contractor will start the northern segment this year due to weather and other workload,” Wagner said.

Wagner said under the contract, the contractor must complete paving and shoulder work on the first phase by October.

The second phase, from Route YY to the Washington city limits is slated to be finished by early October 2015.

N.B. West Contracting Company was awarded the contract on a low bid of $2,408,357.26.

There were five bidders on the project and all came in under the $3,965,000 allocated for construction in the 2014-2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The project includes adding 2-foot shoulders, resurfacing the highway from Chamber Drive at Washington to just north of Independence Drive in Union and other safety improvements, including adding guardrails in certain areas and improved stormwater drainage facilities.

The project also will include adding interactive speed limit signs along Highway A near the Highway YY intersection at Krakow. The signs will show the speed limit and below that will be an indicator that displays an approaching vehicle’s actual speed.

The purpose is to alert drivers to slow down as they approach the intersection, which is highly congested at times.

The signs likely will be installed near the end of the project, Wagner said.

The current 11-foot-wide driving lanes will be maintained but resurfaced and the shoulders will be added. There are three areas along the route where curves will be improved.

State and local officials have been pushing for improvements along the highway for many years.