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June 08, 2011 09:56 AM
Construction Contract Awarded for Route 179 Interchange in Cole County

JEFFERSON CITY - A project to build a new diamond interchange along Route 179 in Cole County moved forward today, following the award of a construction contract by Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. 

The new interchange will be located between Route C and Edgewood Drive.  It will provide access to a new St. Mary's Health Center development at this location.  The project is a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Transportation, City of Jefferson and Cole County.

Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. of Columbia, Mo. submitted the low bid of $7,444,836.85.  In addition to the construction of the new interchange, the contract also includes building Mission Drive, which will serve as an access roadway to the new health facility.  Construction of Mission Drive is being funded by the City of Jefferson and Cole County.          

Work on the interchange project will start this summer and take about a year to complete.  Traffic on Route 179 between Route C and Edgewood Drive will be detoured for about three months during the early stages of construction.  This will allow excavation work to take place in the existing lanes of Route 179 so the new interchange bridge can be built.  Mission Drive will run underneath the Route 179 interchange bridge.  Other lane closures on Route 179 can be expected throughout the duration of the project.

"This is a very significant project for the region," said MoDOT Transportation Project Manager Jason Vanderfeltz.  "We've received positive public support for this improvement and look forward to the work getting underway."

MoDOT appreciates the patience and cooperation of the motoring public during the construction of the interchange project.  Drivers are reminded to pay attention to work zone signing and drive safely through the area.

For more information about this project, log onto www.modot.org/central or call toll free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

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