ROGERSVILLE, Mo. – A future interchange project at Route 60 and Route 125 in Rogersville could significantly improve traffic around the area.
MoDOT is taking preliminary steps to start planning an interchange at route 60 and route 125.
Business owners around the intersection here and they say the traffic can get really bad and an interchange can make a huge difference.
“It’s just a constant flow of traffic,” said Jennifer Melton, owner of Sew Elegant. “I have seen 3 or 4 accidents the first week of school there are two accidents in the same day. Pulling out here, I’ve seen 18 wheelers not stop at the red light.”
Melton grew up around this area and tells me why the intersection needs improvement.
“The fire station’s just down the street, I’ve seen them struggle to try to pull out to get across the intersection because either they can’t hear the traffic, or they can’t see them,” Melton said.
“The traffic will be backed up down past that south driveway down there, at school hours when people are just taking their kids to school,” said Steve Norris, a trustee chairman of Harmony Baptist Church.
Norris explains how traffic affects the church.
“We have a long line of traffic here on Sunday morning when church is out too,” Norris said.
MoDOT has been working on this interchange project for the past few months and will be hosting a public meeting soon.
“When you got a high-speed highway like that and the volume continues to increase, you get the next step of going up to an interchange,” said John Sanders, the transportation project manager with MoDOT.
Sanders says they will be identifying potential environmental impacts starting next year.
“And then we’re looking at 2020 to actually start acquiring that right away, to start securing the things needed to build this project. And hoping to start construction in 2022,” Sanders said.
Business owners around the area are happy about the project.
“We need an overpass and an interchange there, badly,” Norris said. “Thrilled that they’re going to do that. The sooner the better.”
“I’ll be all for the upgrade, just because I know the potential of what’s going to be like as the growth continues out this direction,” Melton said.