The general public is invited to have a look at and touch upon a preliminary design for a challenge that can add a 3rd lane on I-55 between Pevely and Festus.
An in-person public assembly might be held from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the Festus Public Library, 400 W. Fundamental St.
The following day, the Missouri Division of Transportation (MoDOT) will maintain a digital assembly from 7-8 p.m.
Stephen O’Connor, space engineer for MoDOT, mentioned the Oct. 5 occasion will characteristic an open-house format, with no formal presentation deliberate.
“People who find themselves within the challenge can come and go,” he mentioned. “We’ll have some presentation boards for folks to have a look at, and there might be workers who can reply questions.”
The digital assembly the following night time might be held by way of the Zoom video-conferencing app.
“We’ll have a moderator and slides illustrating the challenge, with contributors in a position to sort of their questions, and engineers will be capable to share their screens to reply these questions,” O’Connor mentioned.
Advance registration for the digital assembly is required by way of the I-55 Hall Enhancements part of the MoDOT web site (modot.org).
Registration shouldn’t be required to attend the Oct. 5 assembly on the Festus Public Library.
The challenge, estimated to price as a lot as $236 million, is included within the present state Transportation Enchancment Plan (TIP) permitted by the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council of Governments, which coordinates street tasks within the St. Louis area. The challenge requires widening and different enhancements alongside the stretch of I-55 from 1 1/2 miles north of Hwy. Z in Pevely to 1 mile south of the Hwy. 67 interchange south of the Twin Cities.
At its June 2 assembly in Hillsboro, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Fee, which oversees MoDOT, permitted the I-55 idea as a design-build challenge.
The approval will enable MoDOT to hunt civil engineering companies to submit their plans for the challenge, and people companies will recruit a contractor to construct from these specs.
Below the present schedule, an engineering agency might be awarded the contract for the challenge in Might.
O’Connor mentioned building work may start later in 2023, with work wrapping up someday in 2026.
He mentioned all feedback might be thought of by MoDOT when refining the plans for the challenge.
“What we may have on the conferences are conceptual plans drawn up by a consulting engineer,” he mentioned. “That is principally a framework that may be thought of by the engineering agency that can in the end design the challenge. The agency that in the end is awarded the challenge can give you its personal options.”
O’Connor mentioned it’s commonplace for strategies from the general public to be integrated into the plans.
“We contemplate all feedback and strategies made by the general public,” O’Connor mentioned.
Those that can’t make both assembly might submit written feedback by e mail to Justin Wolf, the challenge supervisor, at email@example.com.
Feedback might be thought of by way of Oct. 19.
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