The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is administering a US DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant project for the construction of transportation improvements around the planned Roy Blunt Reservoir (formerly known as East Locust Creek Reservoir). MoDOT is not involved with the building of the reservoir. The reservoir construction project is a cooperative effort between Sullivan County, North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Roy Blunt Reservoir Project (formerly known as the East Locust Creek Reservoir)
The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) comprised of the City of Green City, the City of Milan, Public Water Supply District #1 of Sullivan County and the City of Green Castle. The NCMRWC is the local sponsor of the Roy Blunt Reservoir (RBR) project.
As part of the RBR project, Sullivan County applied for and was awarded a US DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant. Later, a recipient change was approved for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to administer the project. The BUILD grant project will construct transportation improvements around the proposed RBR, which is being built as part of a separate project without MoDOT's involvement.
The BUILD grant project, while separate, is dependent on the schedule and timeline of the RBR project.
BUILD Grant Project Planned Transportation Improvements
The following pieces are included in the MoDOT-administered BUILD grant transportation improvements:
- Building and/or improving four intersections:
- Add a northbound right-turn lane onto Missouri Route 5 and join Missouri Route 5 to a new road, Mid-Lake Road (artist's rendering)
- Intersection improvements along Missouri Route 5 at Route N (artist's rendering)
- Intersection improvements along State Highway 5 at Mayapple Road to reconfigure driveways and add a northbound right-turn lane and southbound left-turn lane (rendering)
- Reconfigure the intersection of Route Y and Route N and connect to Mayapple Road (artist's rendering)
- Construct four new bridges:
- Three on the alignment of what will be the new Mid-Lake Road (artist's rendering)
- One bridge on the alignment of what will be the new Mayapple Road.
There were six ADD Alternates associated with this project on which contractors could submit bids. Because the funding for the project has a fixed ceiling, these items will only be completed if the budget allows. These optional pieces were prioritized by the reservoir team in the MoDOT Contract as:
- Asphalt overlay of Routes N and VV (included in bid award).
- Pave Mayapple Drive with option (asphalt or concrete) pavement.
- Pave Mid-Lake Drive with optional (asphalt or concrete) pavement.
- Paving of three Marina roads.
- Paving of four main reservoir access roads.
- Various gravel road improvements on several routes near the reservoir.
Contract Awarded for Base Project and First ADD Alternate
The project was part of MoDOT's Nov. 18, 2022 bid opening. At their December 2022 meeting, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a $15, 498, 029.44 contract to Capital Paving & Construction, LLC to complete the base project and the first ADD Alternate.
All schedules are tentative and subject to change.
2023: Completion of the three intersection improvement projects on Route 5.
- Intersection improvements at Route 5 and Mid-Lake Road.
- COMPLETE - Nov. 3, 2023
- Intersection improvements on Route 5 at the intersections of Route N and Mayapple Road.
- COMPLETE - Nov. 3, 2023
2024: Intersection improvements at Route N/Y.
2024-25: Construction of the three new bridges on Mid-Lake Road and one on Mayapple Road.
- Mayapple Road: Feb. 20 - May 2024.
2025: Completion of ADD Alternative paving of Routes N, VV and potentially a portion of Mayapple Road (contingent on grant fund availability following completion of all other project work).
Frequently Asked Questions:
How will the roadway projects affect my travel?
As construction begins, updates will be provided in the BUILD GRANT PROJECT NEWS and TRAFFIC IMPACTS sections below.
How can I keep up-to-date on these roadway projects?
Use the form at the bottom of the page to sign up for updates directly to your email inbox about this project.
Who can I contact if I have further questions about the roadway projects?
Questions about the project may be directed to MoDOT's Customer Service team at NWCR@modot.mo.gov or by phone at 888 ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636).
What can I do if I have questions about the reservoir construction?
Visit the RBR project's Contact page.
How can I learn more about the Roy Blunt Reservoir?
BUILD Grant Improvements
View a consultant-provided map of the proposed roadway improvements included in the BUILD Grant associated with the Roy Blunt Reservoir Project.
As construction begins, we'll let you know what kind of traffic impacts the BUILD Grant Roadway Projects may have on your travel around the Roy Blunt Reservoir project area.
Learn about the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission's plan for and progress on the proposed Roy Blunt Reservoir at the project's website (ELCR.info) or their Facebook page using the button below.
BUILD Grant Project News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Three intersection improvement projects on Sullivan County Route 5, north of Milan, are now complete. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is administering a US DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development...
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – An intersection improvement project on Sullivan County Route 5 is underway. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is administering a US DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the...
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – An intersection improvement project on Sullivan County Route 5 has been delayed by another week. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is administering a US DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD...
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