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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • I-44, Route V interchange work starting

  • Over the next six to eight weeks motorists traveling through the intersection of State Route V and Interstate 44 in Rolla will notice construction as crews work to provide several improvements to better traffic flow in the area.
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  • Over the next six to eight weeks motorists traveling through the intersection of State Route V and Interstate 44 in Rolla will notice construction as crews work to provide several improvements to better traffic flow in the area.    
    The project is a cooperative effort among the City of Rolla, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) aiming to create safer, easier negotiation of the interchange and increased potential for economic development in the area, including HyPoint Industrial Park.    
    “Since Love’s Truck Stop built near that intersection, it has been very busy out there and has needed improvement,” Rolla Mayor William Jenks III said. “This will be a big improvement for anyone using that intersection whether they are going to Love’s or the industrial park or a residence.”    
    The project includes several improvements, including the addition of right and left turn lanes, widening exit ramps from the interstate and upgrading traffic signals.
    The work is expected to be complete by the end of September, and MoDOT officials hope to keep inconveniences to motorists to a minimum during construction.    
    “A lot of the work we are doing will take place off existing lanes of traffic because we are laying new pavement,” MoDOT Area Engineer Preston Kramer said, adding that there may be some lane restrictions during overnight hours.
    The total project cost is expected to be just more than $600,000, but the City of Rolla will contribute only $220,000 of that cost. MoDOT is funding an additional $232,155 through its cost-share program, and the remaining $155,500 is being funded by DRA.
    The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) assisted with the DRA funding application and is serving as the grant administrator.
    “We certainly appreciate the consideration and assistance on this project from MoDOT,  DRA and MRPC because this is going to impact a lot of people,” Jenks said.
    The project is one of four cost-share projects in the Meramec region approved by MoDOT recently, and Kramer says it sets an excellent example.
    “This intersection will have much, much better traffic flow once this is complete, and this is a great example of what we can do when we work together,” Kramer said.
    Lamke Trenching and Excavating of Marthasville is contracted for the construction work, and Kramer says the Missouri-based company will be purchasing fuel and paving supplies within the Meramec region.
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