Rough road ... who's to blame?

Street ownership determines who, when roads in capital get fixed


Work has been steady as progress continues on this project on East McCarty Street, one rough street that has drawn the attention of residents. Some repairs can’t be done yet because of other planned projects.

Work has been steady as progress continues on this project on East McCarty Street, one rough street that has drawn the attention of residents. Some repairs can’t be done yet because of other planned projects. Photo by Julie Smith.

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The state of Missouri has contracted the services of Emery Sapp & Sons to construct entrance and exit ramps to and from Missouri 179. Ramps to state highways are the responsibility of the state to maintain, as well as overpasses over state roads.

Within Jefferson City is a large network of roads and streets, but not all are under city control.

Throughout the past few weeks, the News Tribune has received many comments about roads in need of repair within the city. One of the most common complaints received was the Dix Road overpass, which is outside of the city’s scope.

Director of Public Works Roger Schwartze said the Dix Road overpass, like other overpasses in the area, is maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

“In Jefferson City, any overpass on a MoDOT road is MoDOT’s,” Schwartze said.

For our list of top potholes, click here.

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