April 3, 2008

Memphis, MoDOT Working Together to Fix Business 136

Partnering to improve the condition of roads is a common theme throughout northeast Missouri these days, and the City of Memphis is no exception. Beginning next week on April 7, weather permitting, the City and MoDOT will remove a layer of Business 136 and resurface it, making it a smoother driving surface. “There are sections of this road that are owned and maintained by MoDOT, others by the city, so when MoDOT was planning to improve the pavement on their section, it just made sense to work together to do all of it,” said Mayor Roger Gosney.

Although fairly new to northeast Missouri, MoDOT Area Engineer Jennifer Hinson is not surprised at the openness to partnering. “The communities here, including Memphis, want to make sure roads in their area are improved,” Hinson said. “The lack of state funding affects the cities’ and counties’ transportation programs, too, so we have to think of ways to accomplish what we can with the limited funding,” she continued. Hinson added that partnering doesn’t always have to be directly tied to funding; it could represent agreements to close roads, move signs, or other aspects of work that do not require an outlay of dollars.

For this project, the City of Memphis will provide the labor for rolling over the new surface, because they have a roller, and MoDOT does not. MoDOT will provide the labor and resources for trucking the hot mix. The two entities are splitting the cost of product based on their sections owned respectively. The .7 mile project is expected to cost about $150,000. Kent Bohon, MoDOT supervisor at Memphis, Roy Monroe, City of Memphis Road Superintendent, and Gordon Camden, MoDOT crew worker out of Palmyra, will oversee the project.

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