Citizens are invited to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 concerning shoulder and safety improvements along Route 131 from Route OO to Route 50. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Odessa Community Building in Dire Park, 601 W Main Street, Odessa, MO 64076.
This project will let in April 2020.
What is MoDOT doing on this project?
Through the course of maintenance and safety improvement updates, MoDOT has identified MO 131 as a section of roadway that would benefit from adding shoulders and edge line rumble strips to reduce or eliminate crashes, specifically crashes when cars run off the roadway.
The majority of the project will consist of adding two-foot-wide paved shoulders, however some of the shoulders may be widened up to eight feet on the inside of the sharp curves in Johnson County. This project also includes pavement resurfacing, culvert replacements and edge-line rumble strips.
How will this project benefit me?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, "More than half (57 percent) of U.S. traffic fatalities occur after a driver crosses the edge or center line of a roadway. Two-thirds (65 percent) of these fatal crashes occur in rural areas."
Rumble strips have proven to reduce cross-over or run-off-road crashes by as much as 40 percent. For more information, review safety information on rumble strips.
Adding wider shoulders and pavement resurfacing are also proven safety tools to reduce crashes.
What impact will this have on traffic?
Most of the construction activities will be built under a single lane closure with a flagger, however there will be times where sections of MO 131 will be closed for short periods of time for culvert replacements and other short term activities.
What is the time line for this project?
Preliminary plans should be done this spring. Right of way negotiations and final plans should be completed by spring 2020. Construction is anticipated to start summer 2020 and may continue to 2021.
What will this project cost? How is this project funded?
The project cost is estimated at nearly $4 million. This project is funded with state and federal funds, including $583,000 of open container funds.