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The Independence Highway stopped after a crack in the underground mine.  Is your output affected?

The Independence Highway stopped after a crack in the underground mine. Is your output affected?

The Independence Highway stopped after a crack in the underground mine.  Is your output affected?

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Motorists are being warned to avoid Route 291 in Independence after reports of a mine under the highway partially collapsing.

Route 291 is built over a mine and developed a new crack Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The highway closed at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice, according to MoDOT.

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Local traffic will not be blocked on the state highway and Salisbury Road. Drivers on Route 291 can still exit northbound on Truman Road and southbound on US 24.

Additional work areas are expected to occur along the highway as the mine crack and subsequent road cracking is assessed.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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