JC interchange tops road projects

Work on a new interchange at U.S. 50 and Lafayette Street could start in late 2014.

The project is Mid-Missouri’s largest on MoDOT’s 2014-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which has been approved by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission.

Most of the other upcoming work includes smaller projects designed to maintain road and bridge condition, such as two projects the commission awarded for work in Miller County.

Magruder Paving LLC of Troy was awarded a contract to overlay approximately 14 miles of Missouri 17 and nine miles of Missouri 52. Both roadways will get widened shoulders and rumble strips in work later this year.

Highway officials noted that several years ago, the highway construction program contained over a billion dollars worth of road and bridge construction projects each year, but a dramatic reduction in transportation funding makes today’s program look very different.

“As we move forward, we’ll be focusing on the kind of work that will help us maintain the existing transportation system for as long as we can,” said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester. “The bottom line is we have many more needs than we have funding.”

The 2014-18 transportation program is available for review on MoDOT’s website, www.modot.org, and at district and regional offices around the state.

MoDOT is also engaged in a long-term planning effort called “On the Move.”

The department is working through the summer to gather direction and insight from Missourians on major transportation issues and priorities for the next 20 years.

More information about “On the Move” can be found at www.missourionthemove.org.

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