HANNIBAL, Mo - Tuesday, July 6 at around 4:30 p.m., MoDOT plans to
temporarily close Route 136/61 at Alexandria in Clark County due to high water
from heavy rain received overnight in Iowa. The Mississippi River is about two
feet above flood stage and expected to cover the road later this afternoon. Due
to the amount of rainfall north of the area it is uncertain when the road will
open to traffic.
Route 136/61 traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near
Keokuk, Iowa is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St.
Francisville. Motorists traveling into Iowa should proceed north on Route 61 to
Wayland, and continue north on Route 27 through St. Francisville into Iowa.
Detour signs are in place to advise motorists of these alternate routes.
MoDOT reminds motorists that it is dangerous to drive into water-covered
roads. Crews will continue to monitor these highways and will not reopen until
safe passage is possible. The roadway will be opened to motorists as soon as the
floodwater recedes and the roadway has been cleared for safe travel.
Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or call 1-888 ASK
MODOT begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888 ASK MODOT end_of_the_skype_highlighting (888-275-6636 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-275-6636 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) before starting a trip to the area. If you have questions
about this or other transportation issues, please call MoDOT's toll-free
Customer Service line at 1-888-275-6636 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-275-6636 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (1-888-ASK MODOT begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-ASK MODOT end_of_the_skype_highlighting) during normal business
hours or visit our website at www.modot.gov/northeast.