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2 SE Mo. highway projects planned for summer 2012

Heavy rains last spring washed out roads near Wappapello Lake and beaches were underwater. Heavy rains last spring washed out roads near Wappapello Lake and beaches were underwater.
BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A contract has been awarded to complete two highway projects this summer in southeast Missouri.

According to MoDOT, the first contract is for a section of Route T at Lake Wappapello. The section of Route T was washed out during the 2011 flood. According to MoDOT, the $1,513,845 contract was awarded to H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC, Van Buren, Mo.

Officials say once complete, the roadway crossing will be located 650 feet downstream from the spillway. The new roadway will have a curved alignment similar to that of the existing temporary crossing, with improved accommodations for oversized vehicles.

Construction is expected to begin in summer and completed in the fall.

The second project  is for improvements to Route 67 South in Poplar Bluff. According to MoDOT, the $17,394,655 contract was awarded to Robertson Contractors, Inc., Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Officials say the project will include construction to upgrade Route 67 to four lanes from south of Route M to south of Route 160. When complete, highway officials say the improvements will provide a four-lane highway from Route 160 in Poplar Bluff to St. Louis, in addition to strengthening the connection from Route 160 to Route 60.

"This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when funding is available," said Project Manager Eric Krapf. "But with current transportation funding levels, it is unlikely Missourians will continue to see this type of improvement project. In the midst of a funding shortage, we will focus on maintaining our current system for as long as possible."

Construction on this project is expected to begin as early as this summer.

"In addition to upgrading Route 67, we will replace two bridges on Route 67 near Neelyville with box culverts through a separate project," said Krapf. "Travelers are urged to pay extra attention when traveling through this busy construction area."

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