I would like to take this opportunity to tell the community that, for all intents and purposes, the First Street/Old Exeter Road project is complete. There are a few small loose ends to address but the road is now open for the community to use once again.
The road has been uniformally widened with significant storm water improvements added to include new curb and gutter where it previously didn't exist, water drop boxes and culverts, and asphalt milling to channel water to the appropriate place. We have also added a new left-hand turn lane at Main Street to allow for better flow of traffic in that area.
Additionally, all motorists should be aware that the speed limit has risen from 25 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour from Main Street to Highway 37. The two stop signs at Rainbow Drive (east and west) have been removed for the ease of traffic.
Motorists should also know that police presence will be significantly increased in the next few months along First Street/Old Exeter Road as the new speed limit is enforced. Please remember, as you drive, that there are many children living along this route and their safety should be a priority. Just because you might not see them doesn't mean they aren't there.
Further, I would like to thank Hutchens Construction, Vaughn Dirt Works, Seven Valleys Construction, Bishops Construction, Roger Berg with Scott Consulting Engineers and our Cassville public works crew for all the hard work that is now evident with the completed project. I would also like to thank those who have offered praise to me and my staff for the job we have done to improve First Street/Old Exeter Road. Your comments are appreciated.
In the end, the project was essentially completed two weeks early. From conception to completion, this project took only six months -- a testament to what can be accomplished when everyone works together for a common goal. We now have a great looking road for all to enjoy for many years to come and at zero additional monetary cost to taxpayers.
Mike Hayslip, MSW, MPA