U.S. 50 widening to Linn begins

An Osage County resident studies a map showing the route for the new U.S. 50 four-lane stretch.  The improvements will run from just east of the Osage River to Linn.

An Osage County resident studies a map showing the route for the new U.S. 50 four-lane stretch. The improvements will run from just east of the Osage River to Linn.

OSAGE COUNTY, Mo. — Two years from now, motorists should be driving on a four-lane highway between Linn and the Osage River, instead of the hilly, curvy two-lane U.S. 50 they’ve been using for decades.

“I’d like to be able to say, today, that we will get it done sooner than that,” state Transportation Chief Engineer Dave Nichols said Monday, “but we’ll just have to see, with the weather.”

Nichols spoke after helping launch construction of a 6.6-mile, $25.5 million project that is scheduled to be finished in September 2014.

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