Herald-Whig

MoDOT making improvements at dangerous intersection in New London

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 9, 2019 4:30 pm

NEW LONDON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced plans to make some short-term safety improvements at a dangerous intersection in New London.

MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Untiedt said the improvements planned at U.S. 61 and Route A are in response to the agency's work with a local citizens advisory group.

"Drivers should start seeing some of these short-term safety improvements soon, and survey and design work have begun on a permanent project that will make changes to the access of the intersections of U.S. 61 with Route A and Fifth Street," Untiedt said in a press release.

"We appreciate citizens voicing their concerns about safety and look forward to making the intersection safer for all drivers who use the four-lane, as well as those who are coming off the side roads," he said.

Untiedt said the short-term improvements are still being evaluated but may include "rumble strips" on Route A to alert drivers that they need to pay attention to what's ahead.

Untiedt also said some enhancements to stop and yield signs might be made.

"We also really appreciate any additional law enforcement, which also reminds drivers to really pay attention to what they're doing at the intersection, as well as their speed," he added.

Untiedt said that MoDOT plans to work on the design of the median U-turn and offset turn lanes over the next few months as another way to improve safety in that area.

"The movements that have been causing the crashes will be permanently restricted," Untiedt said.

MoDOT plans to hold a public meeting in the fall to show area residents what is being done to make the intersection safer.