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February 17, 2009 12:00 AM
Commission Awards I-55 Project in New Madrid and Pemiscot Counties
Improvements are Among the First Economic Recovery Projects to Begin in the Nation

SIKESTON - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract today for improvements to Interstate 55 in New Madrid and Pemiscot Counties.  The $18,423,266 contract was awarded to Apex Paving Co., Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The project includes improvements to I-55 that will occur at locations of greatest need between Route 60 at Sikeston and the Arkansas state line-almost 24 miles of resurfacing in the northbound lanes and nearly 30 miles of resurfacing in the southbound lanes.  Also, work will occur on the ramps of nine interchanges in the area. 

During work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in either direction at times. Work zones will be marked with signs as the improvements are being made.  Drivers are urged to use extreme caution near the work zone and plan for possible delays. 

Work on the project is expected to begin this spring, with completion anticipated next year.  This project is one of the first Economic Recovery projects to begin in the nation. 

"Through the Economic Recovery Act, Missouri will receive more than $640 million to address road, bridge, air, rail, transit, waterway and pedestrian projects throughout the state," said District Engineer Mark Shelton.  "That amount of work will create an estimated 14,000 jobs and have a $2.4 billion impact on the state's economy."

For more information, contact Project Manager Tim Richmond at (573) 472-5290 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

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