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Kirksville's Highway 63 to get new safety devices

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to add new safety devices at two Highway 63 intersections in Kirksville that have been the scene of numerous accidents. (Raven Brown/KTVO)

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to add new safety devices at two Highway 63 intersections in Kirksville that have been the scene of numerous accidents.

Over the next few weeks, MoDOT crews will be installing what's called interactive flashing lights and signs near the intersections of Highway 63 and Illinois Street and Highway 63 and Highway 6 east.

The signs on 63 will alert drivers approaching those intersections that there are cars waiting to pull out onto the highway.

The signs on the two side streets will flash to let motorists know when cars are coming from either direction on Highway 63.

MoDOT says the majority of all crashes that have happened at these two intersections have been the result of driver error.

Area engineer Amy Crawford says MoDOT will continue to monitor the Highway 63 intersections and identify possible safety improvements, but she says the bottom line is, drivers need to pay attention to driving.

Crawford says distracted driving is now the number one cause of crashes in Missouri and the nation.

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