76 Highway Project Moving Forward

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BRANSON, Mo. — There’s some movement on the stalled 76 project in Branson.

“What’s going on now with our project is we’re doing the next phase design, in house,” says Keith Francis, Director of Public Works.

The long awaited transformation of Highway 76 in Branson is getting some steam, says Francis.

“We’re currently meeting with all of the utility companies right now. Trying to get their estimates what it’s going to cost to put this first phase underground,” Francis said, “The overhead powerlines, cables, you know things like that, that money is pretty close to being in place right now.” 

The project includes a facelift to the desing of the roadway — with one main purpose in mind.

“Safer pedestrian moving..basically, that’s it,” Francis said.

With safety, comes a better looking highway 76 for the locals and tourists to enjoy. 

“Some of the wording that was put out there several years ago, was it’s old..it’s old looking and it needs to be updated,” he said, “We’ve got most of the survey data collected — and starting to put it on paper. Draw lines…put lines on the paper. Starting the layout of the new boardwalk, sidewalk.” 

This project  would have been started by now..but they did have a few road blocks.    

“Probably one of the big challenges is getting the CID district completed,” said Francis, “The community improvement district.”

He says the signatures needed are in the works, “And I think we’ll have approximately 17 signatures left to get right now. So, soon as we get that we can start moving forward with the next design phase. That’s when our tax money will start coming in off of that,” Francis said.

The target time to start construction is late winter. Francis says they don’t want to hinder the busy Christmans season in Branson.

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