Legislative column

Recently, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) released its 2017-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). It is no secret that many of the rural highways and bridges in the 33rd District, and across the entire state, are in need of repair, replacement and maintenance. I am happy to say this plan lays out several key projects that will ensure the safety of all Missourians, as there are projects planned statewide.

Below are lists of MoDot’s planned maintenance for the following counties in the 33rd Senatorial District.

Douglas County:

· Repair the bridge over Bryant Creek;

· Replace the bridge improvements over Little Beaver Creek; and

· Replace the bridge over Fox Creek.

Howell County:

· Bridge replacement over Gunters Creek;

· Pavement improvements from Route 160 to the end of state maintenance;

· Pavement improvements from Route 17 to Mountain View;

· Pavement improvements and addition of two foot shoulders from Route 101 to Route JJ;

· Pavement improvements on the eastbound lane from Route NN to Mountain View;

· Pavement Improvements on the westbound lanes from Route T to Route 63;

· Erosion control repairs at various locations along Route 60 and Route 67;

· Pavement improvements from Route 106 in Summersville to Route 160 near West Plains;

· Installation of rumble strips at various locations starting at Business 63 in Willow Springs; and

· Pavement improvements on the eastbound lane from Mountain View to Birch Tree.

Oregon County:

· Pavement improvements and the addition of two foot shoulders from Route EE to just west of Route 160;

· Bridge improvements over Two Mile Creek;

· Pavement improvements on Route 142 and Route 19;

· Bridge improvements over Janes Creek;

· Bridge improvements over Mill Creek;

· Pavement improvements from just east of Route F to just west of Route 19;

· Bridge improvements over Little Creek;

· Bridge improvements over North Forck River;

· Installation of guardrail from just east of County Road 530 to just west of the North Forck River; and

· Pavement improvements from Route 125 to Route 5.

Ripley County:

· Replace the bridge over Little Black River; and

· Pavement improvements from Route E to Route HH.

· Texas County:

· Pavement improvements from Route 32 to Route 17;

· Pavement improvements and addition of two foot shoulders from Route 63in Houston to Route 106 in Summerville.

· Bridge improvements over Bear Creek;

· Pavement improvements from south of Business 60 in Cabool to just north of Business 63 in Willow Springs;

· Pavement improvements on the westbound lanes from Route 95 to Route 60/63 interchange;

· Pavement improvements from Route 32 to Route E;

· Pavement improvements from Route U to Route 60 in Cabool;

· Pavement improvements from Salem to Route 63 in Texas County;

· Pavement and shoulder improvements from Route 5 in Lacelede County to Route 17 in Texas County;

· Pavement improvements from Route 42 to Interstate 44 Spur and from Interstate 44 to Route 32 in Texas County;

· Pavement improvements from just south of Route CC in Phelps County to Route CC in Texas County; and

· Pavement improvements from Route 106 in Summersville to Route 160 near West Plains.

Webster County:

· Pavement repair throughout the county;

· Safety improvements on the eastbound lanes of Route B;

· Bridge replacement over Finely Creek;

· Bridge improvements over the James River on Route B;

· Pavement and safety improvements on Route OO from Route B to Route 38;

· Pavement and safety improvements on Route C from Route 38 to Route 60 and on Route BB from Route K to Route 14;

· Pavement improvements on disconnected sections of roadway from just east of Route 125 to the Webster County line; and

· Pavement and safety improvements from Route 60 to Route U.

Wright County:

· Pavement improvements from Route F to Route 95;

· Pavement improvements from Route 95 to Route 17;

· Pavement improvement and the addition of two foot shoulders from Route Z to Route 60;

· Pavement improvements from Clouse Street to Route 76;

· Bridge replacement over Beaver Creek;

· Pavement improvements from Route Y to the end of state maintenance;

· Pavement improvements from Route 38 to Route 60; and

· Pavement improvements from the Webster County line to Whetstone Creek.

Mike Cunningham is a Republican member of the Missouri State Senate, representing District 33. Contact him at 573-751-1882 or www.senate.mo.gov/cunningham

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