Today, June 1, 2012, is the last day to send in comments to the Missouri Transportation and Highway Commission regarding the funding of state road improvements (COTPM@modot.mo.gov and mention JOB 3S3011).
On the list is proposed funding for shoulders along the 4.55 mile stretch of Hwy FF in northwest Jefferson County.
The rural, two-lane highway has been the scene of more than 100 crashes and several fatalities and has been categorized as having one of the worst crash rates in the state among similar rural highways. A community advocacy group, One Curve At A Time, has been pushing for road safety improvements for the past nine months.
At its request, the Missouri Department of Transportation evaluated the safety of the road and cleared debris along the right-of-way. It also worked with local law enforcement to step up safety patrols. As a result of the road evaluation, MoDot has taken steps to put funding for improvements along Hwy FF on its project lists. Already, MoDot has announced plans to make three curves along Hwy FF safer.
Funding for the major project, which would create shoulders along the entire stretch of Hwy FF, is now on the proposed funding list that will be voted on by the Highway Commission at its meeting in Washington, MO on July 11. Comments from the public may be submitted for consideration of project funding through this evening.