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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Highway commission meeting in Rolla Tuesday

  • While the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission usually holds its monthly meeting in Jefferson City, this month the board is taking their meeting on the road to Rolla.
    The state commission will meet Tuesday, July 9, in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 North Elm St. The public is invited to attend the open meetings.
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  • While the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission usually holds its monthly meeting in Jefferson City, this month the board is taking their meeting on the road to Rolla.
    The state commission will meet Tuesday, July 9, in the council chambers at Rolla City Hall, 901 North Elm St. The public is invited to attend the open meetings.
    “We are pleased to pay a visit to Rolla and the Meramec region,” said Commission Chairman Joe Carmichael. “We are interested in learning more about the area's transportation needs and issues, and we invite anyone who is interested to attend this meeting.”
    The commission will open their meeting at 8 a.m. with a workshop on the medical and life insurance plan for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).
    A closed meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. to discuss competitive bidding specs, sealed bids or negotiated contracts, as well as personnel and legal issues.
    The meeting is set to reopen at 1 p.m. with a variety of reports to be presented and a consent agenda.
    Beginning at around 1:30 p.m. Rolla Mayor William S. Jenks III, Phelps County Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge are scheduled to give presentations.
    Among the action items on the the commission’s agenda is approval of the 2014-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018).
    The draft version of the STIP, unveiled May 1, “features projects that focus on maintaining the transportation system we have. Asphalt overlays, preventative maintenance and rehabilitation projects make up the majority of our $700 million program,” according to MoDOT Director Dave Nichols.
    The draft STIP projects listed in Phelps County on the highway and bridge construction schedule are as follows:
    n Pavement and drainage improvements along 0.17 miles of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 in Rolla, total estimated cost of $265,000, contract expected to be awarded in the fall of 2013;
    n Safety improvements along 1.39 miles of the eastbound lanes of I-44 near State Routes J and V, total estimated cost of $313,000, contract expected to be awarded in the winter of 2014;
    n Pavement improvements along 8.34 miles of the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-44 from one mile east of Route D to 1.2 miles east of Route F in Crawford County, total estimated cost of $11,903,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
    n Pavement improvements along U.S. Route 63 from 0.7 miles south of Route CC in Phelps County to Route CC in Texas County, total estimated cost of $6,543,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
    n ADA improvements along Route 63 in Rolla for 0.63 miles as well as related work in Camdenton and Fayette, total estimated cost of $796,000, but $585,000 in statewide enhancement funds will go toward this project, contract expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014;
    Page 2 of 2 - n Pavement and shoulder improvements along 2.51 miles of State Route 8 from west of State Route 68 to near Crawford County, total estimated cost of $1,111,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
    n Pavement improvements along Route 8 for 2.04 miles near St. James from 0.2 miles west of Asher Creek to one mile east of the Meramec River in Crawford County, total estimated cost of $474,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
    n Bridge improvements on Route 8 over the Dry Fork Creek for 0.07 miles near St. James, total estimated cost of $1,597,000, contract expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014;
    n Grading, paving and curve improvements along Route D for 0.2 miles near the BNSF railroad line, total estimated cost of $1,385,000, contract expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014;
    n Bridge improvements over the BNSF railroad line near Jerome for 0.03 miles, total estimated cost of $794,000, contract expected to be awarded the spring of 2014; and
    n Preventative maintenance on State Route O for 15.7 miles from Route 72 to Route C in Dent County as well as work on Route C in Dent and Texas counties, Routes BB, KK, P and V in Phelps County and Route 28 in Pulaski County, total estimated cost of $2,152,000, contract expected to be awarded in the fall of 2013.
    The state commission plans to fly into the Rolla National Airport in Vichy and the Rolla Regional Economic Commission will host a reception for the highway commission members Monday.

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