June 16, 2005

Extensive Improvements Planned for Route 136

MACON Ė Route 136 will be improved extensively as part of the draft five-year construction plan submitted to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission last week.

ďThis is a vital highway for north Missouri,Ē said MoDOT District Engineer Mike Bruemmer. ďPending approval of the five-year plan, drivers will see great improvements to Route 136.Ē

The first project will begin in 2006. As part of the improvements, Route 136 will be relocated to the south of its current location from Princeton east approximately one-half mile. The new section of highway will be 32 feet wide including two 12-foot lanes with four-foot paved shoulders.

Additionally, the bridges over Wildcat Creek and the railroad will be replaced with new 32-foot wide structures. At the same time, Route 65 will get a smooth asphalt pavement from Route 136 East to Route 136 West. Work is to be completed by fall 2006.

Another Route 136 project will result in a smooth pavement in Mercer County from the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge to Route C. In addition to an improved roadway on the 6.87-mile section of highway, the bridge over Muddy Creek will be replaced with a wider structure. Work on this project will begin in 2008.

Finally, a project to replace three narrow bridges on Route 136 near the Putnam/Schuyler County line will begin in 2009. The bridges are over the Chariton River, the Old Chariton River and the Chariton River Overflow.

The work is included in the draft five-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which was presented to the MHTC at its monthly meeting on May 11.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the draft STIP and offer comments during a formal public comment period that ends June 27. The program is available on MoDOTís web site Ė www.modot.org - and through the departmentís district offices around the state.

For more info or for a copy of the five-year plan, contact the MoDOT District 2 Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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