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MARYVILLE, Mo. — A planned expansion to the facilities at Northwest Missouri State University's Wright Farm is prompting the construction of a turn lane that MoDOT said will begin next week.

In a press release Wednesday, the agency announced it issued a permit to the university to install a new entrance and an eastbound turn lane on U.S. Route 71 between Route CC and Icon Road.

Crews hired by the university plan to begin construction next week. U.S. Route 71 will be narrowed around the construction and a speed limit of 50 mph will be in place

Flaggers will be used intermittently throughout the next month to move drivers through the work zone safely. Schedules are subject to change. Motorists should expect delays and may want to use an alternate route during the project.

The turn lane is part of a larger expansion of the farm and its accessibility by the university that includes an $8.5 million, 29,000-square-foot Agricultural Learning Center. The center will serve as a multipurpose facility, providing classrooms and laboratory resources that will allow for research and scholarly activities centered on crop, soil and livestock resources as well as space for processing agricultural products.

For more information on this and other MoDOT projects in northwest Missouri, visit http://www.modot.org/northwest.

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