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January 08, 2010 12:00 AM
Public Hearing on Recommended Alternative for Future Rex Whitton Expressway Improvements
Scheduled for February 2, 2010

Jefferson City - The City of Jefferson, Cole County and the Missouri Department of Transportation are hosting a public hearing to gather community input on the findings and recommendations in the Draft Whitton Expressway Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). The open-house hearing will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 in Kertz Hall, Immaculate Conception Church, 1206 East McCarty Street. The public may come and go anytime during the advertised hours; no formal presentations will be made. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The EIS study area encompasses the U.S. Route 50/63 corridor from just east of the U.S. 50/54/63 Tri-level interchange, east through Jefferson City to Eastland Drive. It extends to McCarty Street on the north and approximately Dunklin Street on the south. 

The Rex Whitton Expressway EIS focuses on relieving congestion, improving safety and connectivity between the Rex Whitton Expressway and key local sites, including the Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment site, Lincoln University and Jefferson City High School.

Information available at the hearing will include the Draft EIS document, maps, an overview of impacts, possible project phasing, information on funding and the opportunity for the public to provide written or verbal comments on the draft recommendations. Study team members will be on hand to take comments and answer questions. 

"The recommendations in the Draft EIS are based on a phased approach and do not require construction all at one time. Any future infrastructure improvements depend heavily on how quickly the Missouri State Penitentiary site develops and the availability of funds. However, it is important for the community to understand the long-term plans to make sure that the Rex Whitton Expressway and the supporting roadway system safely and adequately serve the community," said MoDOT District Planning Manager, Michael Dusenberg. "We need to hear what the community has to say, to make sure we've evaluated all of the impacts, including historic impacts, so that we can move forward in a way that ensures safety, minimizes negative impacts to the environment and property owners, and supports the community's economy and future."

Those interested in reviewing the document and recommendations prior to the hearing may view the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and supporting documents at the following locations from January 8 through February 22, 2010:

  • Missouri Department of Transportation Central District Office, 1511 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City, MO
  • Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams Street, Jefferson City, MO
  • City of Jefferson, Missouri, City Hall - John G. Christy Municipal Building, 320 E. McCarty, Jefferson City, MO
  • Cole County Courthouse, 301 E. High Street, Jefferson City, MO
  • Lincoln University, Page Library, 820 Chestnut Street, Jefferson City, MO
  • www.modot.org/central

Dusenberg noted, "We need anyone with an interest in the project to join us at the hearing or to look at the project information on our Web site, to ask questions, provide information and make comments. The Federal Highway Administration, MoDOT staff and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will look at a range of factors, including feedback from the public, as we move towards a final preferred alternative."  The Web site address is www.modot.org/central.

The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request translation services, other special accommodation and/or project information, please call 1-888-Ask-MoDOT (275-6636) or TTY 1-800-735-2966 for the hearing impaired.

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