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Press Release from Missouri Department of Transportation

New State Transportation Improvement Program Available for Comment
Many Northwest Missouri Road Projects Included

The draft 2013-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program that lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2013 through 2017 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 3017) was announced today and includes many new projects that affect Northwest Missouri.

“We are focused on keeping our transportation system in as good a condition as we can, for as long as we can with these projects,” said Don Wichern, MoDOT Northwest District Engineer. “However, there will come a time in the near future when even though we have reduced staff, facilities and equipment to direct as much funding as possible to our system, we may not be able to fund any more improvements to the system.”

In the last 10 years, great progress has been made to improve Missouri’s transportation system, due largely to funding from Amendment 3 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, Missouri’s transportation system is in the midst of a drastic funding shortage, and unless a solution is found, the situation will only get worse.

Missouri’s construction program has dropped from an average of $1.2 billion in recent years to about $700 million. It’s barely enough to maintain the existing system, much less tackle the projects that create jobs, increase safety, ease congestion and foster economic development. In Northwest Missouri, the amount programmed for the Northwest District’s Five year program is $175 million, which includes resurfacing approximately 750 lane miles of roads, replacing 10 bridges, and 15 bridges receiving new decks.

Important projects in Northwest Missouri include:

Andrew County

Route 48 – Replace bridge over 102 River near Rosendale.
U.S. Route 71 – Resurface roadway and shoulders on northbound lanes from U.S. Route 59, near Savannah, to the Interstate 29 interchange.

Atchison County

U.S. Route 136 – Resurface roadway and improve shoulders from Tarkio to Route M.
Interstate 29 – Resurface roadway and shoulder from Route 111, near Rock Port, to Route W.

Buchanan County

U.S. Route 169 – Resurface roadway and improve shoulders from Route FF, in St. Joseph, to Clay County.
U.S. Route 36 – Resurface eastbound lanes and shoulders from east of Route AC (Riverside Road), in St. Joseph, to east of Route 31 in Dekalb County.
U.S. Route 59 – Replace bridge over BNSF railroad tracks 4 miles south of St. Joseph.

Chariton County

Route 139 – Replace bridge over Stanley Lake, near Sumner.

Clinton County

U.S..Route 69/Loop 35 – Resurface roadway from Pence Road to Interstate 35, near the Cameron regional Medical Center.

Daviess County

Interstate 35 – Resurface roadway from U.S. Route 69 to Clinton county line in Cameron.

Gentry County

Route 85 – Reconstruct roadway in downtown area of Albany, and pavement improvements from Bus. Loop 136 to bridge over Town Branch.

Grundy County

Route 6 – Resurface roadway and improve shoulders from Trenton to Route 5, south of Milan.

Harrison County

U.S. Route 136 – Resurface roadway and improve shoulders from I-35, in Bethany, to Mercer County.

Holt County

Interstate 29 – Replace bridge decks over U.S. Route 59, north of Oregon.

Linn County

Route WW – Replace bridge over Clark Branch near Marceline.

Livingston County

Route V – Replace bridge over railroad tracks in Chillicothe.

Mercer County

Route P – Replace Bridge over Brushy Creek near Mercer.

Nodaway County

U.S. Route 71 – Resurface roadway and shoulders from Bus. Route 71 to south of Route V near Maryville.

The proposed program is available for public review beginning May 2. Those interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT’s customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The program is also available on MoDOT’s web site, http://www.modot.org/, and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state. The formal comment period ends June 1, 2012.

Following the public review period, the comments will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission will review the comments and the final transportation program before considering it for approval at its July 11 meeting in Washington.

For more Northwest Missouri transportation information, visit www.modot.org/northwest, www.facebook.com/MoDOTNWDistrict or www.twitter.com/MoDOT_Northwest.