I-70/Highway 63 connector plans draw most attention at MoDOT open house. | Mid-Missouri News

COLUMBIA – The Missouri Office of Transportation hosted an open up home party at the Action Recreation Middle in Columbia, Thursday night.

At the open up home they propped up poster boards for I-70 renovation strategies for all of Boone County. 

On the other hand, there was constantly a crowd encompassing the a few poster boards, each and every depicting the renovation strategies at the I-70/Highway 63 connector.

There has been a major concern in Columbia about the connector. According to information and facts delivered from MoDOT, the space is a “scorching location for pedestrian fatalities”. 

Brandi Baldwin, a task director with MoDOT, claimed that community enter is crucial during the renovation selection course of action.

“It can be incredibly crucial to us to get the comments from the public on the task,” Brandi claimed. “We want to see what is vital to them and what they’d like to see out of our jobs.”

“Our funding supply is from our condition funds, but we also get a federal match on that,” Baldwin reported. “So our federal match for interstate assignments is commonly 90% federal and 10% state.” 

Baldwin also laid out the timeline for the renovation method for the I-70/63 connector.

“That’s essentially scheduled in our fiscal yr 2023, and we are transferring ahead with a design construct procurement course of action,” Baldwin reported. “So we system to wrap up this environmental research by the end of this calendar year, and then release an RFP (request for proposal) to structure builders by about June of following 12 months.” 

JR Richardson attended the open up residence right now. Richardson life east of Columbia, which has been a dilemma for him. 

“The targeted traffic is usually backed up,” Richardson explained. “So we have to have to get at minimum 3 lanes by means of Columbia to pace up the traffic or maintain the targeted visitors relocating about Columbia.” 

If you skipped the assembly but would like to offer comments, you can however do so on MoDOT’s internet site, or click this url