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City officials, residents talk New London Route A, Hwy 61 intersection plans

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Imagine having to cross a deadly intersection every day for gas, groceries, or just to go to work.

That's been the reality for people in New London, Missouri for some time now, but MODoT has a plan they say will help fix it.

MODoT hasn't given a start date for the work on highway 61 near New London, but city officials as well as nearby residents are already talking about it.

"I think it would be nice to have an overpass, I know that's not feasible, so I think this is the next best step they can do," said Lauri Britt.

Britt said she crosses this intersection on Route A and Highway 61 often to get gas and run errands.

She said she welcomes any change that keeps the intersection safer.

"No one likes change but I think once it gets to where it's just second nature to you it's not going to be a problem," said Britt.

New London Mayor Mary Jane White said she feels the same way.

"The highway was put through here in 1963, and of course that was 50, 60, 65 years ago," said White, "so there have been a lot of changes since that time."

She said the massive increase in traffic and business presence, bringing more trucks and just traffic in general using the intersection, needs to be managed.

"I really don't think it's going to effect them all that much, it's hard to tell right now because of the covid virus," said White, "and things are so shut down, I think they said the traffic is about 50% less than it had been."

Britt said while some people who live on Route A are concerned about being routed around to North or South exits for 61 around New London, she said keeping people safe is what's important.

"I know there are others that don't agree, but there's just been too many accidents," said Britt.

MoDoT officials say the work here is planned to be finished by November of 2020.

Other slated improvements include repaving of Business 61 downtown, as well as sidewalk improvements.

For more details, you can check out the PDF below:

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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