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LIBERTY — As construction of the new Missouri Highway 152 bridge over Interstate 35 is underway, Liberty residents and those visiting the city for work or play are discovering alternate routes to avoid construction areas.

To help out on two well-traveled roads, Public Works Director Andy Noll said the department as well as city staff decided to add five stop signs in the city. Three are along Church Road and two are on Liberty Drive.

“This decision is to help these specific residential and commercial areas to have better access,” he said Monday. “We are not sure where the 55,000 cars that come in to Liberty will go now that the bridge is down. This past weekend, Liberty Drive had a heavy flow of traffic.”

Noll said putting stop signs up was a proactive move so that business owners, patrons and residents in certain neighborhoods can get in and out.

“We are going to continue to evaluate the installation of these stop signs,” he said. “The multiple alternate routes are still be determined as to which is best for specific drivers. With that, we will watch.”

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