Public meeting held for new Scott City interchange - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Public meeting held for new Scott City interchange

(Source: MoDOT) (Source: MoDOT)
SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Transportation held a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Scott City to discuss the construction of an interchange south of Scott City.

Dozens came out to look at, ask questions, and input ideas on the proposed interchange that would provide a southern access to Scott City as well as a connection from I-55 to Highway 61 at Kelso.

The proposed interchange will provide access to south Scott City and a connection from Interstate 55 to Kelso. It would also help relieve congestion at the Route 61/K/M/I-55 interchange. Right-of-way acquisition is expected to occur in 2015 through 2016, with the project beginning in early 2017.

Funding for the project has been secured, and the project was added to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The project includes constructing approximately 4,000 feet of new roadway from Route 61 at Kelso to the existing Route PP overpass bridge.

Approximately 7,500 feet of new outer road east of I-55 will be needed to connect to County Road 311 as well as improvements to the remaining portion of County Road 311 to Scott City.

The Right-of-way acquisition is expected to occur in 2015 through 2016, with construction on the project to begin in early 2017.

Other major projects are scheduled in Kennett and Bollinger County.

However, due to uncertainty about future federal funding, declining fuel tax proceeds and increasing costs of doing business, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) voted to stop adding new projects to the five-year construction budget and to suspend the Cost-Share Program.

Funding was already secured for improvements to Route 412 in Kennett, the proposed Scott City interchange and Route 51 in Bollinger County.

MoDOT forecasts its annual construction program - which just a few years ago was $1.3 billion - will be just over $700 million in 2015, before dropping to $325 million per year from 2017 through 2019.

There is also a state problem with transportation funding. In 2020, MoDOT will not have enough state revenue to be able to match federal funds. That means those unmatched dollars will be directed to other states.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY was issued Friday due to threat of severe weather

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY was issued Friday due to threat of severe weather

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:46:10 GMT
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for today, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: KFVS)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for today, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: KFVS)

    A First Alert Action Day was issued for Friday, July 20 due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

    A First Alert Action Day was issued for Friday, July 20 due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

  • New soybean tariffs worry Heartland farmers

    New soybean tariffs worry Heartland farmers

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:21 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:21:49 GMT
    Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)
    Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)Soybean tariffs are affecting Heartland. (Source: KFVS)

    As soybean tariffs go up in this escalating trade war, farmers profits are going down.

    As soybean tariffs go up in this escalating trade war, farmers profits are going down.

  • Fruitland fire crews respond to vehicle fire

    Fruitland fire crews respond to vehicle fire

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:33:44 GMT
    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)
    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)

    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. 

    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. 

Powered by Frankly