County to host highway meeting

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Barry County Commission is hosting a public meeting, entitled "A Conversation for Moving Missouri Forward," on Monday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), including District 7 Engineer Becky Balz, have been invited to attend and discuss the needs of their department and how local highway projects fit into MoDOT's long-range planning process.

"We'll visit about the 37/60 Corridor and about where we are," said Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren.

MoDOT officials have been meeting with regional groups to talk about the financial needs of the state's transportation system. The department has pared its list of the state's most pressing highway needs down to 46 priority projects. Those projects alone will cost a total of $5.32 billion over the next 20 years.

MoDOT's master list includes two projects that would impact Barry County. The four-laning of Highway 37 from Monett to Arkansas is listed as well as the four-laning of Highway 60 from Monett to Republic.

"It's good to know we're on their radar screen," said Warren.

"There's been talk about a federal stimulus package that could involve roads and bridges, and hopefully, we'll put ourselves in a position to benefit from it," added Warren.

All area residents are encouraged to attend next Monday's meeting.

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