Public Meeting Thursday (Nov. 29):
MoDOT, District 8, Springfield -- An informational public meeting to look at the future of Route 60 between Springfield and Rogersville is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
The open house-style meeting will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church, 5105 S. Route 125 -- just south of Route 60.
Four-lane divided Route 60 needs to be upgraded to a freeway. That means building interchanges and outer roads in several locations to better control access and eliminate "at-grade" intersections with side roads and private driveways.
A freeway is needed because of increasing traffic along the 11-mile corridor between Route 65 in Springfield and the east side of Rogersville (near Business Route 60-east). The roadway has more through traffic. More vehicles are entering and exiting the high-speed roadway. pulling quickly into fast traffic or slowing down considerably to turn off the busy highway.
More developers are looking with interest at building projects along the corridor which would add to the traffic and reduce the land available to upgrade Route 60.
However, the money to buy property and build interchanges and outer roads is not available. Many questions remain about what may happen along Route 60.
MoDOT wishes to use the public meeting to provide information on where the potential project stands.
No specific plans for the highway project have been drawn, but MoDOT has a general idea of where interchanges and outer roads would be needed. Several "concepts" will be on display at the public meeting.
MoDOT, Greene County, the City of Springfield and City of Rogersville all have looked at ways to improve Route 60 and are ready to work together on a solution that may include the participation of private property owners as well. Also involved in the process are two planning agencies -- the Ozarks Transportation Organization and Southwest Missouri Council of Governments.
The goal is to make the case for a Route 60 freeway project as a high priority for the region, work to secure the money to build the improvements needed and settle on a specific plan.
Sharing the cost would speed up the process and make a freeway project happen sooner rather than later.
The public meeting will provide a chance for anyone to ask questions of and make comments to MoDOT planners and others on the future of Route 60 between Springfield and Rogersville.