Drivers look forward to new MoDOT road improvement program

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The roads you drive on in northeast Missouri could be getting an upgrade after MoDOT approved a new five year plan to do that work.

Missouri drivers said there are plenty of issues with roads.

“Potholes, yeah you see that and a lot of rough areas. A lot of the state roads are getting in bad shape so we do need improvements,” said driver Michael Bradley.

Drivers like Bradley said they’re happy MoDOT’s new Statewide Transportation Improvement Program was approved this week.

The five year program starts in 2020 investing close to a billion dollars into roads and bridges across the state.

Here in Northeast Missouri, officials say drivers will see 300 million dollars put into local state roads and highways.

“When we look at this, it gives us an idea of what needs to be done to maintain our system in the same manner it is today and to keep up with our bridges,” said MoDOT area engineer Brian Untiedt.

This plan also includes safety improvements like reformatting the intersection at U.S. 61 and Route F.

“To kind of realign that intersection and make some changes to that to kind of help with the safety there,” said Untiedt.

Those safety improvements are something drivers want to see, as well, specifically at that intersection along highway 61.

“It is a dangerous intersection because people are traveling a high rate of speed up there,” said Bradley.

This plan has almost 2,000 road and bridge projects. They say it is fully funded for all 5 years.

Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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