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Work on Phelps County Road 2000/I-44 North Outer Road progresses
Large volumes of traffic including commercial truck traffic currently use Phelps County Road 2020 to access the Hy-Point Industrial Park from U.S. 63 – the same road that runs through the residential neighborhood of Northwye with approximately 112 families living in the area. Residents of Northwye petitioned the Phelps County Commission to address the safety concerns on County Road 2020 in January 2013. With the help of a Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Phelps County is connecting the gap in Phelps County Road 2000 to I-44 North Outer Road, which will alleviate traffic through the Northwye neighborhood. The project will also open new area for development.
“Our hope is that with the improved access and I-44 exposure, the area will become prime property for commercial development,” Phelps County Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said. “We are already getting reports of interest in the area, which is most encouraging.”
The estimated total cost of the project is $605,800, with $437,300 coming from CDBG. Phelps County Commission is committing $141,000 of in-kind labor and equipment towards the construction, and the city of Rolla is providing engineering design work from City Engineer Darin Pryor and construction inspection services valued at $27,500. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) prepared the CDBG grant and serves as grant administrator to the project. Grading was completed by Bloomsdale Excavating Co.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to utilize the new route as an Incident Bypass Route between the exit for U.S. 63 and the exit for State Route V off of Interstate 44.
Completion of the project is expected by the end of May.
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