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October 16, 2009 12:00 AM
U.S. Route 63 Environmental Study Moves to Final Approval Stage

JEFFERSON CITY - It's been three years since the Missouri Department of Transportation began its environmental and location study for U.S. Route 63 in Osage, Maries, and Phelps County, and that study is nearing its completion.

Called the Route 63 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the study began in November 2006 to evaluate the current and potential transportation needs along the 47-mile stretch of Route 63, from a half mile south of the Route 50/63 junction in Osage County to just north of Rolla.

The final EIS details what improvements are needed to correct roadway deficiencies, reduce congestion, improve safety and provide continuity along the Route 63 corridor. It has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration and MoDOT and must now go through a comment period so the public can review the final document.

The document's "Notice of Availability" will be published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2009, beginning the public comment period that will run through November 23, 2009. The study will be available for review at the following locations in the mid-Missouri area:
   ·        Legends Bank, 1950 Highway 63, Westphalia, MO, 65085
   ·        Bank of Freeburg, 131 Old Vienna Road, Freeburg, MO, 65035
   ·        Osage County Government Administration Bldg., 205 East Main, Linn, MO, 65051
   ·        Maries County Courthouse, 211 Fourth Street, Vienna, MO, 65582
   ·        Phelps County Courthouse, 200 North Main Street, Rolla, MO, 65401
   ·        Osage County Library, 1014D East Main Street, Linn, MO 65051
   ·        Rolla Public Library, 900 Pine Street, Rolla, MO 65401
   ·        MoDOT Central District Office, 1511 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65102

After the comment period closes, MoDOT will address any substantive public and agency comments by publishing a "Record of Decision" that marks the conclusion of the study. The Record of Decision will explain the study's findings and any commitments made as a result of the study.

There is currently no funding to construct the improvements proposed in the study. Should funding become available, the completed document assures that MoDOT could move quickly to start design and construction.

For more information about the study or for other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central. You can also follow MoDOT's Central District on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MoDOT_Central.  

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