The contractor on the Highway 100 widening project is close to finishing concrete paving work and will be ready soon to resurface the existing lanes with asphalt.
That’s according to Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer, who said the next phase of the concrete work will complete the Highway A section, and then “the contractor will be in soon to begin the asphalt paving.”
The existing two lanes will get a new layer of asphalt to bring them up to the level of the new concrete westbound lanes on the north side.
Wagner said this week that she expects the lanes to be opened to traffic by mid-November. The entire project should be finished before Thanksgiving, depending on weather.
Paving of the new westbound lanes has been done primarily at night.
MoDOT has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Nov. 14, to mark the opening of the widening project. The 3 p.m. ceremony will be held at the corner of Highway 100 and Huxel Drive. The public is invited to attend.
“The widening and corridor improvements completed as a part of this project will provide improved access to businesses and residential areas, increase safety, improve traffic and encourage future economic development along Route 100,” MoDOT said in a press release announcing the ceremony.
The contract originally called for the project to be completed by Sept. 20, but due to some design changes, that date was pushed back.
Millstone Bangert Inc., the general contractor, was awarded the contract on a bid of $6,233,489.97 which is considerably lower than the construction estimate of $7,345,000 programmed in MoDOT’s five-year state transportation plan for the project.
Design changes are expected to reduce the overall cost of the project.
The city and MoDOT have a cost-sharing agreement to fund the improvements similar to the one used to widen the highway east, from Washington to Interstate 44.
There was a considerable amount of savings on that phase which resulted in close to $3 million being transferred to the current project which extends west from Highway 47 to a point about 800 feet west of High Street.
The city also received close to a $1 million federal grant to improve the Highway 100/Route A intersection.
City and state officials have proposed taking any savings on this next phase and applying them to a future widening of Route 100 from High Street west to Pottery Road, but no final decisions have been made.
The city is funding its share of the 50-50 project out of the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by voters six years ago.
The plan is to widen Highway 100 from two to five lanes — four traffic lanes and one center turn lane — add dual left turn lanes on Route A/Jefferson Street and add pedestrian facilities and signalized intersections that comply with federal ADA standards.
Millstone Bangert also was the general contractor on the Highway 100 widening project east of Washington.