Counties Impacted
Project Status
Planning Phase
Route Impacted
Missouri Route 14

Project Details

The proposed project includes constructing a new roundabout at the intersection of Route 14, Business Route 5, N. Jefferson Street and Bacorn Avenue in Ava, Missouri. This project will also include drainage and pedestrian improvements in the vicinity of the proposed roundabout. The proposed roundabout will have designated pedestrian crossings on N. Jefferson Street and Bacorn Avenue.

Tentatively, the project is anticipated to be let in March 2023, with construction beginning as early as summer 2023.

Most of the roundabout can be constructed with minimal impacts to traffic. However, it would be beneficial to close the intersection as the portion of the new  roundabout that overlaps the existing roadway is constructed and as tie-ins are made to the existing roadway. Currently, MoDOT is exploring options for traffic control, including a potential closure during certain stages of construction.

Completion is anticipated in November 2023.


Project Update

A public meeting was held July 13, 2022 at the Ava City Hall, and the official public comment period closed July 27, 2022. Many of the comments we received related to the striped roundabout that is currently in place, if traffic signals could be installed in this location, and the overall design and functionality of the proposed roundabout.

The South Central Ozark Council of Governments helps identify local needs and works through the project prioritization process with MoDOT. A project in this location was prioritized. MoDOT did apply pavement markings in this location for a roundabout. However, this is considered temporary.

This location is known as an offset intersection; Bacorn Avenue aligns asymmetrically with the other roadways. For this reason, signals are not a viable solution without significant right-of-way acquisition and work to realign Bacorn Ave. This would impact several businesses in the area. In addition, roundabouts offer safety benefits. Roundabouts have fewer conflict points, or spots where vehicles could collide, than signalized intersections.

The proposed roundabout would be different than the current striped roundabout. The new roundabout would feature a low-profile raised center and splitter islands to help guide motorists through the roundabout. The low-profile center island will accommodate tractor trailers and/or buses. Delineating these areas with stained pavement reduces maintenance issues associated with striping and helps motorists better understand how to navigate the roundabout. This project will also include drainage and pedestrian improvements in the vicinity of the proposed roundabout.

Ava Roundabout_Screenshot of Aerial

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Pete Berry
Project Manager
Southeast District
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(417) 469-6242

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Elquin Auala
Elquin Auala
Area Engineer
Southeast District
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(417) 469-6286