Public input encouraged during upcoming MoDOT public meetings for intersection improvements

Posted: Apr. 27, 2017 3:07 pm

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invites area residents to share comments about proposed intersection improvements at US 61 and Route A and US 61 and 5th St. in Ralls County near New London.

A public meeting will be hosted on Thursday, May 4, at the Lion's Club Building, 600 West 5th St. in New London. A presentation outlining the recommendations will be given at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. However, those interested can stop by the meeting anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., and the presentation and comment form will be available online at beginning the day of the public meeting.

A seven-person citizen's advisory group was created earlier in 2017 to seek input from community and business representatives. After three meetings of gauging their feedback — as well as input from others who attended the meetings — MoDOT is recommending installation of median u turns (j turns) with offset lefts in the middle of the median, and closure of the two existing median crossovers at both intersections.

"We looked at a variety of options that helped balance safety and access in this area," said MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner. "This is the most reasonable, effective solution to reduce or eliminate right-angle crashes and offer connectivity."

"The proposed improvements are not currently funded, yet we hope to add them to Missouri's five-year transportation program when funding is available," Haeffner said. Public comments will be accepted from Thursday, May 4 to Thursday, May 18.

For those not able to attend the meeting and those without Internet access, please contact MoDOT's Northeast District Office in Hannibal at 573-248-2584 to learn more about the improvements.

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