More than $82 million was spent on road projects in Missouri’s 20 northwestern counties in 2012. The Missouri Department of Transportation spent about $1.6 million on the section of Route 13 from Hamilton to Gallatin. New shoulders and edgeline rumble strips were added to the road. Other improvements include asphalt overlays being added to portions of Highway 36. And the Safe and Sound Bridge program was brought to a close. The Highway 11 Bridge North in Chariton County was re-opened, completing the state-wide project to a close.
Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation
ST. JOSEPH – Across the 20 counties in Northwest Missouri, motorists encountered plenty of road and bridge closed signs, saw lots of work zone green and orange and drove by many flaggers and barrels over the past year. But while the Missouri Department of Transportation knows these may mean a short-term inconvenience, the department hopes drivers understand they also mean safer, better roads and bridges for the years ahead.
“We are proud of the work we have done this past year with a significantly decreased budget,” said Don Wichern, MoDOT Northwest District Engineer. “We are committed to doing everything we can with the budget we have but it’s getting increasingly difficult.”
Overall, a lot of time, effort and approximately $82.6 million in funds were spent on the following projects that occurred over the past year that made a significant impact in our area:
- Trooper Guthrie Recovery. MoDOT employees were proud to help assist the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the recovery of Trooper Fred Guthrie on Jan. 12.
- Safe and Sound Complete. The Safe and Sound program in Northwest Missouri was completed with the Route 11 Bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in Chariton County, making it the 35th bridge of 2012 and the 190th bridge over the span of the program.
- The new Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. The completion of the new Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge on U.S. Hwy 59 in Buchanan County over the Missouri River, in partnership with KDOT was a $59.4 million project, with MoDOT paying approximately half of the costs.
- Several Flood Recovery Projects. The flood is finally over in Northwest Missouri with the completion of several recovery projects from the summer 2011 flood in Atchison, Holt, and Buchanan counties cost $18 million.
- The U.S. Hwy 136 Brownville Bridge paint and rehabilitation project in Atchison County that began in 2009 was finished for $8.7 million.
- Several asphalt overlays to improve road surfaces in Andrew County on U.S. Hwy 71 for $3.2, in Buchanan/DeKalb counties on U.S. Hwy 36 WB for $2.2 million, and Buchanan County on Interstate 29 for $2.9 million were completed for a total of $8.3 million.
- Overlays on Several Minor Routes. Nearly 140 miles of minor routes received new road treatments ranging from chip seals to thin lift overlays in Andrew, Clinton, Gentry, Harrison, Mercer and Nodaway counties in 2012 at a cost of about $5.9 million.
- New Rock Port Welcome Center. Atchison County received a brand new Welcome Center on Interstate 29 in Rock Port for $5 million.
- U.S. Highway 169 was overlaid with new paved shoulders and edgeline rumble strips in Worth and Gentry counties for $4.1 million.
- The intersection of U.S. Hwy 45 with U.S. Hwy 59 in Buchanan and Platte counties received an overlay and intersection modification for $2.2 million.
- The Route 13 Overlay in Daviess and Caldwell counties from Hamilton to Gallatin included news shoulders and edgeline rumble strips for additional safety for $1.6 million.
For questions about any MoDOT projects, call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) 24-hours a day and you can speak to one of our expert Customer Service Representatives. MoDOT’s Northwest District also provides updated information on social media via Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest or on Facebook at MoDOTNWDistrict.