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November 18, 2016 08:56 AM
Intersection Safety Project in Lincoln County Cancelled
Funding will be used on another safety project

HANNIBAL – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will cancel a proposed safety project to construct J-turns at the intersection of U.S. 61 and Routes B and E in Lincoln County, a project previously planned for 2017.

State Representative Randy Pietzman met with MoDOT several times to share concerns from area citizens regarding not being in favor of J-turns.  Area citizens expressed concerns regarding additional travel time, the configuration, and inconvenience.  There is also a preference from area citizens to construct an interchange at the intersection of US 61 and Routes B and E.  “An interchange has been requested at this and several other locations,” said MoDOT NE District Engineer Paula Gough.  “However, with Missouri’s limited resources to fund transportation projects, we have to consider the best use of those resources,” she explained.

“We respect the concerns from area citizens that were brought forward to MoDOT by Representative Randy Pietzman.  As we move forward, we will utilize our planning process to identify the next locations on our safety planning list, either on the US Highway 61 corridor, or another location in Northeast Missouri, where we can construct safety improvements to utilize our limited funding,” Gough said.

There are currently 19 J-turn intersections throughout the state of Missouri that have replaced median crossovers, and since their construction over the last nine years, there has been a 90% reduction in fatalities and disabling injuries.  More information about j-turns can be found at http://www.modot.org/general/J-Turns.htm.

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