It was an exciting and challenging year for the men and women of the Central District. A ribbon was cut on two new major projects and ground will be broken in December for the last major highway construction project in central Missouri.
Before we begin the trek into 2015, let’s take a look back at a few of the top district accomplishments in 2014:
Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard) Project Completed
The $12.7 million Route 740 project in Columbia was completed months ahead of its scheduled completion date in late summer of this year. This project included central Missouri’s first diverging diamond interchange (opened in Oct. 2013), widening Stadium Boulevard from just north of Interstate 70 to south of Broadway and the addition of two lanes to Bernadette Drive from Fairview Road to Beverly Drive.
Osage Route 50 Expansion Completed
The $25.5 million project to widen 6.6 miles of Route 50 to four lanes from the Route 50/63 junction to just west of Linn was completed in October of this year. This project improved traffic flow and safety by removing several dangerous curves and dangerous access points on that section of Route 50. The project also included construction of a new Maries River bridge. This innovative bridge includes a support structure and girders made of a state-of the-art concrete mix that is stronger and costs less than traditional materials.
Work Begins on Lafayette Street Project in Jefferson City
In the month of December, work began on the $20.3 million Lafayette Street interchange project in Jefferson City. This two-year project includes building a new interchange at U.S. Route 50 and Lafayette Street; adding a lane in each direction on the Whitton Expressway from Monroe Street to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette to Clark Avenue; and rehabilitating, replacing or constructing six bridges along the corridor. Due to a severe drop in transportation funding, this is one of the last major highway construction projects in central Missouri.