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MoDOT hosts public meetings

BONNE TERRE – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be hosting two meetings for the public next week.

The first meeting will be for anyone wanting to provide input and learn more about improvements being made to U.S. 67 in Bonne Terre. The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at North County High School, located on Raider Road in Bonne Terre.

“The meeting will be conducted in an open house format in which the public will have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with members of our project team whenever it is convenient for them to stop in,” said MoDOT Project Manager Tim Richmond.

MoDOT is hosting the public meeting to gather input on a couple of interchange concepts for the planned interchange at Old Orchard Road. Part of the plan is funded under the five-year state highway improvement plan.

“We want the community’s feedback about the possible use of roundabouts at the future interchange as well as cost saving measures that might be considered for keeping project costs in check,” Richmond said. “We’re still short of the funds necessary to construct the interchange and the service road and no one knows the area like the people who drive it every day.”

Richmond said the meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss access issues with property owners as they relate to each of the concepts. Several displays along with informational materials will be available at the meeting.

For more information, call Richmond at (573) 472-5290 or call MoDOT’s customer service center toll-free at (888) ASK-MODOT or (888) 275-6636.

The other meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Hall, located at 118 E. School Street in Bonne Terre. It will be a kick-off celebration to “get things started on a smoother Route 67 in Jefferson and St. Francois counties.”

The U.S. 67 project will include resurfacing northbound and southbound lanes, as well as shoulders, from Route W to I-55.

The $12 million road contract was awarded to Chester Bross Company in March. Construction is expected to begin in October and wrap up in August 2006.

The smooth roads project was made possible by the voter-approved Amendment 3 last fall.

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