- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Next exit: Scott City
The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun the process for considering a new interchange south of the existing Scott City interchange on I-55. The new interchange would relieve some of the heavy volume that snarls traffic going in and out of Scott City most weekdays. And it would connect the Kelso area and Scott City to a proposed traffic corridor that would extend all the way north to Nash Road, which would provide yet another access to the interstate for that area.
All of this is bound to be good news for motorists who currently go through the Scott City interchange on a regular basis. State and local officials have acknowledged for years that the current exit is woefully inadequate. Now preliminary environmental studies are beginning, a key first step toward eventual construction of a new interchange.
Where the interchange will be is still up in the air. But the planning process for a new interchange will include opportunities for area residents to have their say.
A year ago, federal funding in the amount of $5 million was set aside for a new bridge over Ramsey Creek and connecting roads, which would be part of the new north-south corridor to Nash Road. Local and state governments must come up with a 20 percent match. Scott City and Scott County already have some money set aside for the project.
Local officials would like for the new interchange to be built as quickly as possible. Even if they have to wait awhile, the good news is that another interchange is in the works.