MONITEAU COUNTY - On Monday, July 19, officials will cut the ribbon on the second phase of the U.S. Route 50 relocation project in Moniteau County.The $24.8 million project started in October 2008 and relocated more than eight miles of Route 50, from Route K to just west of California. The new highway is designed to improve traffic capacity and safety for motorists traveling on Route 50 in Moniteau County.The ribbon-cutting event will be held at 6 p.m. on the new Route 50 eastbound lanes, just west of the Route 87 interchange. The public is also invited to come out before the ceremony to walk or bike the new highway between 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. MoDOT employees will be on hand to answer questions about the new roadway and to promote safe driving practices through some fun and educational activities.At the conclusion of the ceremony, a parade of vehicles will allow those who attend to be among the first to drive the new highway before it officially opens to traffic during the mid-morning on Tuesday, July 20.The ribbon-cutting event will be held rain or shine, and is open to the public. To reach the ceremony location, turn south onto Flag Springs Road from existing Route 50, and then travel east on the new highway for approximately 2.5 miles.The new Route 50 in Moniteau County consists of four lanes from Route K to the Route 87 interchange. From Route 87 around California, the highway is two lanes with paved shoulders.The first phase of the Route 50 relocation project included the construction of 11 miles of new four lane highway, from just west of St. Martins in Cole County to Route K in Moniteau County. The project cost $30 million and was completed in October 2008. For more information 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.