Public Meeting to Discuss Options for Route T at Lake Wappapello

SIKESTON-The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open-house public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 to discuss a long-term solution for Route T at Lake Wappapello. The briefing will be held at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center, located at 10992 Route T, Wappapello, Mo.

A portion of Route T was washed out as lake levels topped the dam during the flood in May. Since the flood, MoDOT has constructed a temporary bypass in this area and is working to find a long-term solution with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

During the meeting, MoDOT will present five potential options for reconstructing Route T. Options will include: reconstructing the road on the prior alignment, adding a low water overflow, relocating the route to the east of its prior alignment, aligning the route to follow the present bypass or constructing a bridge. The options range in cost from approximately $1.3-2.1 million.

"We look forward to gaining input from the public about the options," said District Design Engineer Barry Horst. "Visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to discuss the details with a member of the project team and provide their comments."

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