Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Nov. 16
BOONE COUNTY - Work to construct a new diamond interchange at U.S. 63 and Route H near the Columbia Regional Airport in Boone County is entering the home stretch.
The new interchange connecting Route 63 and H, along with Log Providence Road and a new outer road system, will open to traffic on Friday, Nov. 16, completing a project that began in August 2011 to provide safer access to and from the airport.
A ribbon cutting for the new interchange is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the interchange site. The public is invited to attend.
The project also included the construction of new southbound lanes along U.S. 63 from just north of existing Route 163 to Route H. Those lanes opened in September, and the former southbound lanes of Route 63 are now part of a new outer road system that will eventually run from Route H to the Grindstone Parkway interchange upon completion of a partnership project between MoDOT and Boone County to extend Meyer Industrial Drive. The portion of the outer road system between existing Route 163 and Route H will now be signed as Route 163.
Four new j-turns were also built as part of the project, and the existing median crossovers at Route 163, Route AB (Deer Park), Old Millers Road and South Rolling Hills Road were permanently closed. The j-turns increase safety by eliminating the need for motorists to cross four lanes of fast-moving traffic on a four-lane divided highway.
"We're very pleased that this critical project is nearing completion," said Missouri Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Chuck Sullivan. "We believe motorists will truly experience the full benefit of the entire project once everything is completed and open to traffic."
Sullivan also said motorists might notice one adjustment that was made to the project once it was under way. The access at Routes 63 and 163 was eliminated to improve safety. Motorists can get to existing Route 163 using the new outer road system, which can be accessed by using the new Route H interchange or using various other connections along U.S. 63.
"Eliminating the Route 163 access should improve overall safety by reducing the number of access points along Route 63," Sullivan said.
For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook for project updates.