MoDOT Seeks Public Input on Highway 160

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GREENE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public about driving conditions on Highway 160.

MoDOT hosted a meeting Thursday night, where residents gathered to talk to engineers about problems they’ve been seeing.

The goal of the meeting was for MoDOT and their Engineers to learn more about what the public is experiencing on the road.

The project focuses on intersections at Farm Rd. 157 and Farm Rd. 192 on Highway 160, between Plainview Road and South St.

This road averages 30,000 to 40,000 cars per day, and MoDOT is seeing a number of angled and rear end accidents at these intersections.

“We’re looking at ways to reduce the crashes,” said Kristi Bachman, the MoDOT project manager.

Some residents said they don’t have pleasant experiences driving down Highway 160.

“I don’t feel comfortable going into the shoulder just because sometimes there’s glass, it’s not maintained,” said Marlene Kempt, a Springfield resident.

Bachman said there were several ideas presented that they will consider.

“Adding a lane is always a good idea, turn lanes sometimes can help the situation,” said Bachman.

But some people are worried about how some options may affect them.

“I’ve heard them talk about closing this small intersection which is the main feeder for all of our commercial businesses. I would think it would be detrimental to our business,” said Dan Horgan, a property owner.

After reviewing the public’s input and evaluating the cost of each option, MoDOT engineers expect to share that idea and maybe make a decision in about two months.

They hope to start construction in 2019.

If you missed the public meeting, you can still share your thoughts on a comment card available on the MoDOT website.

You can fill it out online, or print it out and mail it in.

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