PALMYRA, Mo. | Marion County will be a busy place during the next two highway construction seasons. A total of 17 projects will be undertaken by the Missouri Department of Transportation in the county during fiscal year 2020 and 2021.
“That's a pretty good amount of work in Marion County over the next two years,” said Brian Untiedt, an area engineer with MoDOT's Northeast District, during the Feb. 3 meeting of the Marion County Commission at the courthouse in Palmyra.
The planned projects are listed in the Missouri Highway Commission's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.
“When something is in the STIP it is pretty well a commitment from us (MoDOT) that the job is going to happen because we have the money dedicated to it,” Untiedt said.
Included in both 2020 and 2021 of the STIP are payments to the Illinois Department of Transportation for deck sealing of the U.S. 24 bridge over the Mississippi River.
The majority of the planned projects will entail pavement improvements in various spots throughout the county.
In 2020, intersection safety improvements will be undertaken on U.S. 24 at Route F near Palmyra. Also planned this year are some bridge rehab projects on U.S. 61. Targeted for work are the twin bridges over the U.S. 24 outer road near Taylor, and the on ramp over U.S. 24.
In 2021, the only non-pavement improvement or pavement treatment project will be the painting of the bridge on Route A that crosses the South Fabius River.
While not yet included in the STIP, four projects in the county are on the horizon. The most significant of that group will occur in Hannibal when the Third Street/MO 79 viaduct is replaced.
“That one is a pretty good-sized project,” Untiedt said. “We have had meetings with the city, BPW (Board of Public Works) and law enforcement about replacing the viaduct there by the ball field. That one is going to have quite a big impact on everybody when we do that.”
Untiedt estimated that project will not occur until 2023, 2024 or 2025.
“We are still in the planning stages on that one,” he said.
No money is as yet designated for the viaduct project's preliminary engineering or construction.