JEFFERSON CITY - As part of the U.S. Route 63 Environmental Impact Statement, the Missouri Department of Transportation held public meetings last fall to share a reasonable range of alternative alignments within the study area. Based on technical data and public comment analyzed since that time, the study team has made adjustments and new alignments have emerged at four locations.The public is invited to a "drop in" open house to discuss these emerging transportation alignments with MoDOT staff on Thursday, April 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the American Legion located on Route 63 in Freeburg. Detailed maps of the emerging alignments will be available at the meeting. These maps will also be available on the web at www.modot.org/central by April 4. Following this "drop in" meeting, the study team will continue to analyze the data collected and a recommended preferred alternative will be available for public comment in Fall 2008. MoDOT is conducting this environmental and location study of U.S. Route 63 in Osage, Maries and Phelps Counties to evaluate current and potential future transportation needs along a 47-mile stretch of U.S. Route 63, from south of the Route 50/63 junction to just north of Rolla. The study objectives include improving safety, traffic flow and continuity on the north/south corridor.For more meeting or accessibility information, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).