Black Friday traffic first big test of transportation improvements

Traffic merges onto Missouri 179 from the new Missouri Boulevard ramp on Tuesday morning.

Traffic merges onto Missouri 179 from the new Missouri Boulevard ramp on Tuesday morning. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Although many motorists still are skeptical, transportation officials believe improvements to local intersections will relieve traffic congestion. And today’s Black Friday traffic may give the first evidence of which side is right.

The most notable change in transportation infrastructure is at the Missouri 179 interchange with Missouri Boulevard and U.S. 50.

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The project cost $6.5 million, and funding came from the federal stimulus act of 2009.

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