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Plans to tear down old Cole County jail and sheriff's house move forward April 16, 2014

179 interchange should create regional economic boon

Sen. Mike Kehoe addresses the audience as St. Mary’s Health Center and the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted a Monday groundbreaking ceremony for the new Missouri 179 interchange.

Sen. Mike Kehoe addresses the audience as St. Mary’s Health Center and the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted a Monday groundbreaking ceremony for the new Missouri 179 interchange. Photo by Julie Smith.

The contractor will start breaking ground and rock in a few days.

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But as the Monday morning traffic continued speeding past on Missouri 179, officials from the state, Jefferson City, Cole County and St. Mary’s Health Center officials formally broke ground for a new diamond interchange to connect the highway with a yet-to-be-built “Mission Drive” and new hospital.

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