Missouri Department of Transportation has big project plans for 2018

Dec. 22, 2017

The state has been struggling with its infrastructure, notably its bridges, for some time

It looks like 2018 will be, officials hope, a banner year in road and bridge work in the state of Missouri, as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) begins to outline the scope of some major projects it is looking to tackle in the coming year.

Among the planned projects, a portion of Missouri Hwy. 752 will receive a resurfacing in the vicinity of Missouri Hwy. 371, I-29, and I-229. Other new jobs will cover enhancements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Officials said locations around South Belt Walmart, the Commons, Pickett Road and Missouri Route AC in the St. Joseph area are among the sites on the list to receive curb ramps, push buttons for pedestrian use and other safety improvements.

A resurfacing of Missouri Route D near Savannah, from Missouri Hwy. 48 to U.S. 169, also is scheduled as part of a larger project.

According to Mary Miller, the district’s construction and materials engineer, all of the work completed this year will forecast a higher level of overall activity for MoDOT. Numerous asphalt projects and the money needed to underwrite the roadwork justifies the uptick, she added.

The overall program also will feature a slew of bridge replacements for the region, along with overlays, that continue MoDOT mission to bring the current system into a greater state of good repair.

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