MODOT Will Start Excepting Bids for Center Junction Project Starting Next Month

The construction project scheduled to begin at Center Junction between Cape Girardeau and Jackson next year is still waiting approval by state highway officials in the state capital. Despite the pending approval the project will be advertised for bids early next month. MODOT officials say, they’re submitting plans to their central office later this week. The project is set to include new northbound southbound bridges over .U.S. Highway 61 and an additional project of a diverging diamond interchange in the area that locals refer to as Center Junction. The project will take two years to complete. The new interstate spans that will be installed will be much shorter than the current bridges and will be made wide enough to have an additional lane of traffic in both directions. In addition the bridges that will be constructed will be more likely to resist an earthquake. The current bridges have been in place at Center Junction since the 1960’s. MODOT officials are scheduled to put out advertising for bids beginning on November 7, 2019. Bids will officially open on December 13, 2019. Officials say, Bids will either be accepted or rejected at the Missouri Highway Commission Meeting on January 9, 2020.

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