The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking at constructing Highway A improvements in two stages, beginning this spring. 

Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer, said N.B. West Contracting Company was awarded the contract last week on the low bid of $2,408,357.26.

Wagner said plans are to begin work in late March or early April on the long-awaited project. 

A pre-construction conference is tentatively scheduled for March 4, she told members of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee Monday. 

There were five bidders on the project and all came in under the $3,965,000 allocated for construction in the 2014-2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

It likely will take two construction seasons to complete all the work on the 7.23-mile stretch of roadway. 

The first segment, from Union, just north of the Independence Drive intersection, to Highway YY at Krakow is scheduled to be completed by end of this year. The second phase, from Route YY to the Washington city limits is slated to be finished by early October 2015.

Culvert replacement work that was scheduled to begin last month was delayed due to winter storms. 

Wagner said under the contract, the contractor must complete paving and shoulder work on the first phase by October. 

The plan is to construct 2-foot shoulders, resurface the highway from Chamber Drive at Washington to just north of Independence Drive in Union and make other safety improvements, including adding guardrails in certain areas and improved stormwater drainage facilities.

Speed Signs

Wagner said that the decision has been made to add interactive speed limit signs south and west of Highway YY at Krakow. The signs will show the speed limit and below that will be an indicator that displays an approaching vehicle’s actual speed.

The purpose is to alert drivers to slow down as they approach the intersection, which is highly congested at times. 

The signs likely will be installed near the end of the project, Wagner said. 

Other Bidders

Other companies that submitted bids on the projects and their price quotes were:

Pace Construction Company LLC, $2,587,500; K.J. Unnerstall Construction, $2,957,808; APAC-Missouri Inc., $3,039,370.33; and Millstone Bangert Inc., $3,059,748.37,

The current 11-foot-wide driving lanes will be maintained but resurfaced and the shoulders will be added. There are three areas along the route where curves will be improved. 

No changes are planned at the Highway A/Route YY intersection at this time. 

State and local officials have been pushing for improvements along the highway for many years.