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For more information, please contact Project Manager Eric Krapf at (573) 472-5261, Resident Engineer Audie Pulliam at (573) 840-9781 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636).

June 06, 2012 02:49 PM
Commission Awards Contract for Route 67 South Project in Butler County
Last Amendment 3 Project in the Southeast District

SIKESTON - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract during its regular meeting today for improvements to Route 67 South in Poplar Bluff. The $17,394,655 contract was awarded to Robertson Contractors, Inc., Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The project will include construction to upgrade Route 67 to four lanes from south of Route M to south of Route 160. When complete, the improvements will provide a four-lane highway from Route 160 in Poplar Bluff to St. Louis, in addition to strengthening the connection from Route 160 to Route 60.

Construction is expected to begin as early as this summer.

This project marks the last improvements in the Southeast District made possible through Amendment 3 funds. Amendment 3 was passed by Missourians in November 2004 in order to keep transportation dollars focused on major highway needs throughout the state.

"This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when funding is available," said Project Manager Eric Krapf. "But with current transportation funding levels, it is unlikely Missourians will continue to see this type of improvement project. In the midst of a funding shortage, we will focus on maintaining our current system for as long as possible."

Krapf explained the project will have a significant impact on the area by addressing the two primary concerns.

"The full interchange planned at the Route 160 intersection will address the current issues with left turning traffic," he said. "Additionally, the project will reduce the number of potential conflict points by limiting access."

According to Krapf, managing the number and location of access points will also help reduce congestion.

The improvements are expected to be completed by summer 2014.

As construction is underway, most of the work will be completed off of the existing right of way and will not impact traffic. There will be short-term closures on Route 158 as the interchange is constructed. Traffic will also utilize temporary bypasses as the new alignment is tied into the existing pavement. 

"In addition to upgrading Route 67, we will replace two bridges on Route 67 near Neelyville with box culverts through a separate project," said Krapf. "Travelers are urged to pay extra attention when traveling through this busy construction area."

The bridges to be replaced are located approximately 2 miles south of the four-laning project, and work will be underway during the same time period. The bridge work is expected to begin this summer, with completion anticipated by the end of the year.

The work zones will be marked with signs.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.

For more information, please contact Krapf at (573) 472-5261, Resident Engineer Audie Pulliam at (573) 840-9781 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636).

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