MoDOT will not require additional pavement work on the Highway 100 widening project.
Following a meeting with the contractor, Millstone Bangert Inc., Monday morning, Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer, said the state agency has accepted the paving work, “as it exists today.”
While she acknowledged that there are some rough areas on the southernmost eastbound lane, Wagner said it was determined that the contractor met all requirements and specifications for the job.
The “roughness” in some pavement areas is because MoDOT only required one layer, or “lift,” of asphalt, Wagner noted.
She said that the city did not contribute to the cost of the asphalt overlay, only to the widening project.
MoDOT found the funding to add the overlay of the existing lanes to be sure to cover the old striping and surface, Wagner responded in an email to a question from The Missourian.
Earlier Monday, Wagner told members of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee that when there is consistently warm temperatures, crews will do permanent lane striping to replace temporary striping.
Bill Straatmann, committee chairman, said the highway widening project has “really improved traffic flow.”
Straatmann, who owns the Straatmann Toyota dealership at the corner of Highway 100 and High Street, said before there were always traffic backups on the highway during peak times.
“We haven’t seen one backup since the highway was widened,” he remarked.
The project involved widening the highway to four lanes from Highway 47 to a point west of High Street.
Millstone Bangert was awarded the contract on a bid of $6,233,489.97, which was considerably lower than the construction estimate of $7,345,000 programmed in MoDOT’s five-year state transportation plan. That amount does not include the cost of engineering and right of way acquisition.
The city and MoDOT shared the cost of the widening project.
Work started last spring and the new highway lanes were opened to traffic last November.
This is the third phase of the Highway 100 widening which began after Washington voters approved a half-cent transportation sales tax to finance the city’s share of the project under a cost-sharing agreement with MoDOT.
Earlier phases included extending four lanes to the east city limits, then beyond to Interstate 44.
Millstone Bangert Inc., the contractor on the current phase, also was the general contractor on the Washington to I-44 widening project.