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April 26, 2011 07:54 AM
Rex Whitton Expressway Environmental Study Completed

JEFFERSON CITY - The City of Jefferson, Cole County and the Missouri Department of Transportation announce that the Rex Whitton Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has received an approved Record of Decision from the Federal Highway Administration and the study is now complete.

The study outlines future transportation improvements in a study area that includes 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 process has focused 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. The approved recommendations involve a phased approach which includes future plans for a full diamond interchange at Lafayette Street, followed by roundabouts at the Clark Avenue interchange, an extension and realignment of Clark Avenue, and lastly an overpass at Madison Street.

"We're pleased to get final approval for these future improvements to the transportation system in Jefferson City," said MoDOT District Planning Manager Mike Dusenberg. "We've been working with the community, stakeholders and potentially affected property owners throughout the duration of this study to make sure that when constructed, the improvements make our transportation system safer and more efficient."

With the study phase now complete, future work will focus on the design and construction of the improvements.

"We are working closely with our city and county partners to identify funding opportunities in an effort to move this project forward," said Dusenberg. "We will continue to work with local property and business owners as we begin to develop more detailed design plans. Design and construction schedules depend on both the speed of redevelopment at the Missouri State Penitentiary site and the availability of funds."

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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