JEFFERSON CITY - A project to construct a diverging diamond interchange at Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard) and Interstate 70 is moving forward. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today awarded a construction contract to build the interchange in Columbia. "We are very excited to get this project under way," said Central District Project Manager Mike Dusenberg. "The new interchange will address congestion and safety issues in that area of Columbia."Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. of Columbia, Mo. was awarded the contract after submitting the low bid of $12.7 million. In addition to the new diverging diamond interchange, the project will widen Stadium Boulevard from just north of Interstate 70 to south of Broadway. The project also includes adding two lanes to Bernadette Drive from Fairview Road to Beverly Drive. The work will improve safety and traffic flow through the area."We appreciate the input and support we've received from the community on this project," said Dusenberg. "There have been many inquiries about the diverging diamond interchange ,and the public has been very receptive to this innovative design." Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and be complete in late 2014. Funding for the improvements comes from a cost-share agreement between MoDOT and the City of Columbia. For more information on the diverging diamond project, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central/major_projects/boone. You can also follow MoDOT's Central District on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MoDOT_Central or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOTCentralMissouriDistrict.