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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (KMOX) – Ever wonder what exactly construction crews are doing as you pass them in your car? Well now you can.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is giving a behind the scenes look as crews work to fill a “Beast,” a large scour hole on U.S. Highway 136 in Atchison County. The Beast is 480 feet long and 65 feet deep putting it longer than the Statue of Liberty at 305 feet tall, longer than a football field at 360 feet, but not quite as big as the St. Louis Arch which is 630 feet tall.

You can see the road crews fix the Beast via YouTube or streaming in real time online. Short videos will be uploaded frequently by MoDOT.

This is the second project to restore access on U.S. Highway 136. It includes filling the last and largest of four gaps in the pavement. The three other gaps were filled during a previous project.

All four areas will receive temporary pavement to make the surface drivable this winter. The target completion for this project is Nov. 28, with permanent paving installed next spring.


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