Groundbreaking for Highway 61 Safety Improvements Set for September 7

Highway 61 Improvement Plan

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, September 7 for the $10.9 million Route 61 Safety Improvement Project.

The groundbreaking, which starts at 10 a.m., will be held at the commuter lot on Route 61 at Highway P.

Drivers can expect off-peak lane closures as work gets underway,” MoDOT announced on their website. Drivers should be alert and cautious in the area, since the outside shoulders of both the northbound and southbound lanes will be removed. 

Improvements to this area, which currently has at-grade crossings for Peine Road, Highway P, Grothe Road, and Granville Road, have been a priority for area residents, city officials in Wentzville and Flint Hill, and MoDOT, because it is often the scene of accidents caused by “the high rate of speed and volume of traffic,” MoDOT said.

Changes coming to the area will be:

  • A single interchange to serve Highway P and Grothe Road, with an overpass and a roundabout on the Highway P side
  • Making the Grothe Road crossover a right-in/right-out and lengthening the merge lanes
  • Making the Granville Drive crossings right-in/right-out with an extended right turn lane

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Another safety improvement, a cable barrier in the median to help prevent crossover accidents, has received funding but has not yet been put on the schedule. Residents and city officials from Wentzville and Flint Hill lobbied MoDOT for cable barriers after a tragic crash in January 2016 that resulted in the deaths of a Troy mother and her two children.

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