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MoDOT Central District News Release

September 12, 2007

Highways and Transportation Commission Awards Route 54 Expressway and Other Mid-Missouri Construction Projects

Jefferson City – On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded three mid-Missouri area construction projects, including construction of a four-lane U.S. Route 54 Expressway in Osage Beach.

McAninch Corporation, of Des Moines, Iowa, was awarded the contract after submitting the lowest bid of $30,581,555.60 to begin work on a three-mile section of the Route 54 Expressway from the Grand Glaize Bridge to just east of Route 42. The work includes grading, drainage, paving, retaining wall and bridge construction.

“We are very pleased to see this project begin,” said District Engineer Roger Schwartze. “A great amount of public involvement has taken place on this project and once completed, we are confident that the improvement will increase safety and minimize congestion through the Lake area.”

An interchange will be constructed at the Route 42 intersection and at Passover Road. Work on this project will begin in late 2007 and be completed in spring 2010. Expressway work is already underway on a separate contract to construct an overpass bridge near Home Depot in Osage Beach.

The commission also approved two other mid-Missouri projects. APAC-Missouri, Inc., of Columbia, Mo., submitted the lowest bid of $109,920.86 to improve the intersection of Routes B/OO/124 in Boone County. The intersection is currently a four-way stop in the city of Hallsville. The contractor will straighten the alignment and resurface the area to improve traffic flow and allow larger trucks to better turn through the intersection. Work is scheduled to take place in fall 2007. The City of Hallsville is also contributing funding for construction.

Lehman Construction, L.L.C., of California, Mo., was awarded a contract to replace the Lamine River Bridge on Route 135 in Cooper County. The new bridge will raise the grade of the roadway to better protect the area from flooding. The project will take five months to complete and the bridge will be closed during the work, which is scheduled for completion by fall 2008. The contract award was $1,647,029.38.

MoDOT reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, following posted signing and drive safely through highway work areas. For more information about these projects or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.
















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