MoDOT begins reassessment of US Highway 61
HANNIBAL (WGEM) – The US 61 project at Hannibal is progressing as MoDOT launches a new Environmental Statement (EIS) Re-evaluation Impact Study.
The study will examine the need for the freeway project, as well as the social, economic, and natural impacts of proposed alternative corridors for US 61.
Crews participating in the study will use some of the data collected during the last study, which was completed in 1996.
MoDOT engineers such as Paula Gough said a new study is important because of the various changes seen over the decades.
“A lot has changed in the area,” Gough said. “Traffic patterns, growth and development, so it’s important to reassess and examine these corridors in the context of what exists in the physical and social environment today.”
She said another big change this time around is the study’s focus on audience input.
“One of the most important things will be strong audience involvement,” Gough said. “That the citizens of the region are interested in participating online and that we have more traditional town hall meetings, but really getting citizen input.”
Gough stressed that no specific route or project is starting at this time. All resources and funding are currently dedicated to the re-evaluation study.
She said that this study is part of the process to eventually move a project forward.
The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
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