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MoDOT plans to build new outer road

Proposal considered best way to make North Callaway High School entrance safer

To prevent future accidents at the intersection of U.S. 54 and County Road 148, which leads to North Callaway High School, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) presented a state-funded proposal to the North Callaway Board of Education regarding a safer way for students to get to school.

After contemplating several options including installing a j-turn or stop light, MoDOT plans on moving forward with constructing an outer road that will connect North Callaway High School’s central office to Old Highway 40.

“The reason we chose this is the problem with the possibility of having a right-angle crash,” said Gidget Mott, transportation project manager. “This is actually the safest option because it will take you to the intersection that will be regulated when they cross traffic”

She added, “As of now, you have people going across at their discretion depending on if someone is coming or not.”

The project will have a minimal effect on the current traffic flow. However, the access road on the Eastbound lane will be removed.

The project’s cost and date of completion is unknown at this point, but more details will be revealed in the coming months.

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