It's been a few years since we've heard anything about rerouting highway traffic around Hannibal to cut down on congestion in town. But MoDOT says the plan is not forgotten.
The Hannibal Expressway would be a four-lane divided highway to the South and West of Hannibal stretching about ten miles. MoDOT says the plans are to improve the 520 mile route of the "Avenue of the Saints" to flow freely with no stop signs or traffic signals from Minnesota to St. Louis.
Hannibal residents say that the stretch of Highway 61 running through Hannibal is congested with trucks and travelers.
"It's hard. It's bad. It's a really congested area. And the two stop signs you can't get through. And it's very bad, very dangerous," said Hannibal resident Don Huffman.
MoDOT says the Expressway is at a stalemate, where it's been for the last few years until it gets funding to make it a reality.
But it says the expressway is still a priority, among the top on MoDOT's to-do list. The only thing standing in the way, MoDOT says, is the money.
"We've done studies on it," said District Engineer Jerad Noland. "I think we're ready to begin that process again. It's just waiting on that funding issue to be resolved."
There's a meeting Wednesday with MoDOT's top officials in Clarksville to discuss highway concerns. If Hannibal residents want to talk to the decision-makers, MoDOT says this is their chance. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will meet at the Tievoli Hills resort. You do not have to be on the agenda to speak. But you do need to sign in by 9:15.
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