MoDOT to hold public meeting in Neelyville
BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 to discuss a proposed project to upgrade U.S. Route 67 in Butler County to four lanes in preparation for Future I-57. The meeting will be held at Neelyville High School in the cafeteria. The high school is located at 150 Park Street in Neelyville.
The public meeting will be open house style. Visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the details of the project with the project team.
The proposed project includes upgrading Route 67 to interstate standards from the Route 160/158 interchange south of Poplar Bluff to the Missouri/Arkansas state line. The entire project limits are broken down into five phases: Phases 1A and 1B, as well as Phases 2-4.
The public meeting will focus on options for future access at Neelyville and Phase 3, which includes upgrading a five-mile section of Route 67 to four lanes from County Road 352 to near County Road 272.
Phases 1A, 1B and 2 are funded. Phase 1A received funding through Governor Mike Parson’s cost share program. Construction to reconfigure the Route 160/158 interchange kicked-off in late August.
Phases 1B and 2 were funded by a cost share between MoDOT and the City of Poplar Bluff. This was made possible after Poplar Bluff voters approved a ballot measure led by the Highway 67 Corporation to help fund the expansion in August 2019.
Funding for Phases 3 and 4 is not yet secured. Schedules will be determined as funding becomes available.