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Ribbon Cutting Held at New Route V Bridge
By Austin Buckner / Dec. 4, 2013


C-T Photo / Austin Buckner

CAPTION: Representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation, City of Chillicothe and Livingston County met on the new Route V Bridge Tuesday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The bridge has been open to traffic since Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The new Route V Bridge, located just east of the intersection at Broadway and Polk streets in Chillicothe, officially opened to all traffic last Wednesday, Nov. 27. The $3 million project, a collaborative effort between the city of Chillicothe and the Missouri Department of Transportation, replaced an outdated timber bridge that Mayor Chuck Haney said was past its prime. "I think this was a project that was a long time coming," Haney said. "It was badly needed. The old, wooden structure had really served its purpose and was in its final days." Haney said the new bridge will provide better travel not only for Chillicothe residents, but also to those traveling in and out of the city. The mayor said safety was an important factor in the decision to build a new bridge, create a four-way stop at the intersection of Broadway and Polk Streets, and to straighten out some curves along Route V.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday morning with city, county and MoDOT personnel in attendance. Tonya Lohman, area engineer for MoDOT's Northwest District, led the ceremony. Tom Salisbury, from the office of Sen. Roy Blunt, Greg Razer, from the office of Senator Claire McCaskill, and Aaron Baker, from the office of Congressman Sam Graves, also made appearances. Mayor Haney and Don Wichern, district engineer for MoDOT's Northwest District, both spoke about the strengths of the city and MoDOT coming together to complete this project. Lohman echoed their statements. "I think it's a great bridge," Lohman said. "I think it was a great opportunity to work together to replace that older bridge. That wooden bridge was built to meet the needs of vehicles in that time. Transportation has improved since then, we have much bigger trucks. Although the older bridge still functions, it's just not in a convenient manner." Lohman says she was pleased with the turnout for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "I'm really grateful of the crowd we had show up," Lohman said. "We had city folks, county folks and representatives for the legislature. I thought it was a really good representation for the community and how much this project means to the area."

Council Meeting November 25, 2013 - At Monday's meeting of the Chillicothe City Council, an ordinance was passed to make the intersection of Polk Street and Broadway Street and the new Route V a four-way stop intersection. Due to the traffic coming from the east over the new bridge, one way traffic on Polk St. headed east, and traffic traveling north and south on Broadway, this will be a busy intersection at times. With the traffic stopping in all directions, the goal is to avoid possible crashes to unfamiliar visitors. This action will happen tomorrow morning (Wednesday, November 27, 2013) at approximately 8 a.m.


C-T Photo / Austin Buckner

Bridging Gaps
11 06 13


C-T Photo / Austin Buckner

Work continues at the new Route V Bridge construction site. Michael Marriott, Int. Construction Inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Northwest District, said he hopes to finish tying steel rebar for the bridge deck Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Concrete should be poured tomorrow or Friday, depending on weather. Asphalt should be laid by the end of next week. Marriott said the plan is to have the bridge open by Thanksgiving or early December.

Route V Bridge Taking Shape
October 24, 2013 CT

CAPTION: Workers help guide a large beam into place as it is lowered from a crane onto what will be part of the new bridge over the railroad tracks at the east end of Polk Street. The bridge and roadway are expected to be open before Thanksgiving.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Route V bridge replacement project at the east end of Polk Street is taking shape with beams having been put in place Tuesday and Wednesday. This bridge replacement project, with APAC-Missouri Inc., as the contractor, replaces an existing 1936 wooden bridge just south of the new bridge. The new bridge will be concrete and have more gently-sloped approaches which are easier to drive in large trucks or during inclement weather.

Crews will be forming for the deck during the rest of this week and, by the end of next week, hopefully, pouring concrete, according to Michael Marriott, construction inspector with the Missouri Department of Transportation. "The project is running on schedule now," Marriott said on Wednesday. "The bridge and roadway should be open just before Thanksgiving with a little bit of minor work a couple of days after, with everything out of here just before December." The biggest challenge now, however, will be the temperature. "It has to be 45 degrees during the placement of the concrete for the deck. If temperatures drop below 40 degrees in the next seven days, it takes to gain its strength, we'll have to take some measures to heat it while it gains strength."

The new bridge will be a concrete I-girder structure with a concrete deck. It will have a 26-foot roadway surface. In addition, there will be a five-foot wide sidewalk with a barrier. Bridge construction project began in March.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

CAPTION: The old 1936 wooden bridge is shown in the foreground as the new 2013 bridge spans the railroad tracks in the background.

Route V Closure Planned
Cross road culverts to be installed as part of bridge project
October 16, 2013

Route V in Chillicothe will be closed next week according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Route V will close Monday, October 21 for the installation of new cross road culverts at the intersection of Route V and Missouri Avenue. Traffic will be routed around the closure on East Street and East Bridge Street. Contractors will work with residents to allow access to their property during the closure. The closure is anticipated to last one week.

This $1.4 million bridge replacement project was awarded to APAC-Missouri Inc. The new bridge will be built on Route V connecting East Polk Street and Polk Street, just north of the current bridge. The new project will also benefit the public as it will straighten out the alignment of Route V, according to MoDOT spokeswoman Marcia Johnson. Currently, drivers have to make a series of sharp turns, but once the project is complete the sharp turns will be eliminated. The new bridge will be concrete and have more gently-sloped approaches which are easier to drive in large trucks or during inclement weather.

All work is weather permitting. MoDOT apologizes for any inconvenience that this necessary work may cause. MoDOT encourages all motorists to slow down, buckle up and drive safely through work zones to ensure everyone can Arrive Alive.

City Mulls 2-way Traffic on Polk Street
No changes expected

Updated May. 29, 2013

With a new entrance into the city via Route V, Chillicothe City Council members Tuesday evening, May 28, 2013, discussed whether Polk Street, currently an eastbound only road, should be changed to allow for two- way traffic.

The topic was introduced for discussion by Councilman-at-Large David Moore. Currently, motorists traveling into the city on Route V come across Bridge Street and reach the Broadway intersection where they must turn either left or right. There is no roadway that continues across Broadway. Once the new bridge being constructed north of the existing bridge is completed, Route V traffic traveling west will enter onto Polk Street but will still need to turn either left or right upon reaching Broadway, because Polk Street will be one-way from the west up to Broadway. "As they come across that bridge, they will have a desire to continue down that road straight," Moore said. He also stated that the road was designated one-way because of the hospital being in the area.

Making the road open to two-way traffic would require significant changes, especially to the area of Polk and U.S. Highway 65, and the city would be responsible for funding such changes.

Dr. Frank Stark, who resides near Polk and Vine streets urged council members to keep Polk Street as a one-way road. He noted, as did public safety officials, concerns over not being enough room for parking and two-way traffic.

After hearing comments council members concurred with City Administrator Ike Holland to proceed on the project as planned - keeping Polk Street a one-way street - and reassess the situation at a later date. Holland also noted that traffic patterns will change once the new hospital is completed and the existing hospital is no longer in use.

Route V Bridge Construction to Start in May; Path Being Cleared
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
Constitution-Tribune
Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
Updated Apr. 25, 2013 @ 11:57 am

CAPTION: Construction of a new bridge over the Canadian-Pacific Railroad in east Chillicothe is slated to begin in mid-May. Here, Michael Marriott, construction inspector with the Missouri Department of Transportation, and MoDOT spokeswoman Melissa Black, look over the area that is being cleared to make way for a road that will connect with Route V (shown in the background). The contract completion date is Nov. 1 but, weather permitting, construction may be finished earlier in the fall.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Construction of a new bridge over the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks in east Chillicothe is slated to begin within the next several weeks. Earlier this month, the Missouri Department of Transportation began clearing a path by removing debris, trees, bushes, brush and houses for construction of a new road and bridge connecting Route V with Polk Street. Four houses were demolished in the process and three are being salvaged. One house has yet to be removed.

Actual bridge construction is set to begin in mid-May, with completion tentatively set for Sept. 13, according to Michael Marriott, construction inspector with MoDOT. The contract completion date is Nov. 1. The old bridge, which is on East Bridge Street, will remain open throughout the duration of construction so traffic will have a way through. The current bridge will be removed by the railroad within 60 days of completion of the new one.

The old bridge is becoming deficient, said Marriott, noting that it is one of the last remaining completely timber bridges on the state system. With the need to replace the existing bridge, it was decided that the new bridge could be placed further north of the existing bridge and thus allow for the elimination of a series of 90-degree curves currently on Route V near Chillicothe.

The project will give motorists leaving Chillicothe a straight path. They will be able to travel on Polk Street, go straight over the new bridge and reach Route V, Marriott said. Because Polk Street is a one-way street (eastbound only), motorists entering the city via Route V will need to turn onto Broadway before proceeding on into town.

MoDOT has contracted with APAC-Missouri to complete the construction project at a cost of $1.4 million. The entire project is a cost share endeavor between the city of Chillicothe and MoDOT and is estimated at $3.7 million.

Keith Killen, MoDOT project manager, stated that the city's portion is $1.5 million and that when all costs are computed for the project (including the state's purchase of land parcels and rights-of-way, as well as design costs, construction inspection, and utilities relocation borne by the state), it will be a near 50-50 split between the two entities.

The railroad built the existing bridge in 1936, Killen said. It was built 30 feet wide and has a narrow roadway because of sidewalks going over the bridge.

The new bridge will be a concrete I-girder structure with a concrete deck. It will have a 26-foot roadway surface. In addition, there will be a five-foot wide sidewalk with a barrier. The grade of the bridge will not be as steep as the current bridge, Killen said.

The Route V project was originally intended to be let in August 2012; however, it was delayed pending discussions with the railroad.

Killen noted that construction will be mostly in isolated areas, but there will be times when traffic may be affected on Missouri and Broadway streets. "We ask that people be careful when they go through the work zone," he said.

Work Starts on Route V Realignment Project
Straightening the Path
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
April 10 2013

The path to reach Chillicothe from Missouri Route V east of town currently takes motorists on a series of sharp turns and across an old wooden bridge over the railroad tracks. That route will change, though, with a realignment project that will extend Polk Street (shown in the background) further east to hook up with Route V (foreground) at this juncture.

April 4, 2013
Catherine Stortz Ripley

Work has started on the Route V / Polk Street realignment project. The project involves closing the Route V / Bridge Street bridge over the railroad tracks, and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. In order to do so, the existing Polk Street would be extended on east to hook up with Route V (shown here, with the camera pointing west). Constructing a direct route eliminates issues involving sight limitations and sharp turns.

Route V Realignment Project to Start
March 27, 2013 CT

CAPTION: Equipment arrived Tuesday on the east side of town in preparation for the Route V/Polk Street realignment project. A preconstruction meeting was scheduled for this afternoon (Wednesday) involving the Missouri Department of Transportation, the city of Chillicothe and APAC (the project contractor). The project involves closing down the Route V/Bridge Street bridge over the IC&E railroad tracks (shown in the background) and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic.


March 27, 2013 CT PHOTO

Work will soon begin for the Route V / Polk Street realignment project. A preconstruction meeting was scheduled for this afternoon (Wednesday), involving the Missouri Department of Transportation, the city of Chillicothe and APAC, which is serving as project contractor. Some of APAC's equipment was brought to site yesterday.

The project involves closing down the Route V / Bridge Street bridge over the IC&E railroad tracks and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. In order to do so, the existing Polk Street would be extended on east to hook up with Route V. Several homes were affected by the new road construction and have been purchased by MoDOT.

Constructing a direct route eliminates issues involving sight limitations, multiple levels of gradation and sharp turns, city officials say. Currently, motorists traveling Polk Street who want to connect with Route V must travel on Broadway and Bridge streets and navigate a series of 90-degree turns.

City Makes Payment for Route V Project
June 28, 2011

Chillicothe City Council members approved the routine payment of invoices when they gathered for their regular council meeting Monday evening at City Hall, but the invoices were anything but typical. On the schedule of payments to be approved was $1.2 million from the city's permanent street fund to be paid to the director of revenue for city's portion in the Route V project.

The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and will involve closing down the Route V/Bridge Street bridge over the IC&E railroad tracks on the east side of town and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. In order to do so, the existing Polk Street would be extended east to hook up with Route V.

The City of Chillicothe is providing $1.5 million for the project (which includes $300,000 in STP Urban federal funds that already are designated for Chillicothe) and the state is funding the rest, expected to be around $2.2 million.

With the payment made, the Missouri Department of Transportation will plan to start negotiations with property owners for land to be used for the project. Contracts are expected to be awarded in September 2012 and the state plans to have the project completed by December 2013.

The Route V project has been in the works for quite some time, and the council had approved the city's funding portion during an earlier meeting.

Route V Project Advances
June 14, 2011

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to start negotiations next month with property owners for land that will be used in the Route V/Polk Street realignment project in Chillicothe.

The City of Chillicothe is providing $1.5 million for the project (which includes $300,000 in STP Urban federal funds that already are designated for Chillicothe) and the state is funding the rest, expected to be around $2.2 million.

Laurel McKean, transportation project manager for MoDOT, who was present at Monday night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, told the council members that the state's schedule is to begin negotiations once they receive the city's funds (by July 1) and that contracts will be awarded in September 2012. The state's plan is to have the project completed by December 2013.

The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and will involve closing down the Route V/Bridge Street bridge over the IC&E railroad tracks on the east side of town and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. In order to do so, the existing Polk Street would be extended on east to hook up with Route V.

Seven homes are expected to be affected by the new road construction and will be purchased by MoDOT and eventually demolished, McKean said.

Constructing a direct route would eliminate issues involving sight limitations, multiple levels of gradation and sharp turns, city officials say. Currently, motorists traveling Polk Street who want to connect with Route V must travel on Broadway and Bridge streets and navigate a series of 90-degree turns.

Route V on City Agenda
June 13, 2011

The City of Chillicothe is moving ahead in a partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation to demolish the old wooden bridge on Bridge Street and build a new one on Polk Street.

The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and will involve closing down the Route V/Bridge Street bridge over the IC&E railroad tracks on the east side of town and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. In order to do so, the existing Polk Street would be extended on east to hook up with Route V. The city's share of the project will be 40 percent with a $1.5 million cap, according to the agreement signed by the city and MoDOT.

The city will continue preparations for the project when council members gather for their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) in the council chambers at City Hall. The council will consider a supplemental cost share agreement with MoDOT, which allows the city to use the $300,000 STP Urban federal funds that already are designated for Chillicothe. The remaining $1.2 million will be payable by July 1, 2011, and will come out of the city's permanent street fund budget.

Up to eight houses are expected to be affected by the new road construction. They will be purchased by MoDOT and eventually demolished.

Chillicothe Transportation Director Hugh Musselman said a direct route would eliminate issues involving sight limitations, multiple levels of gradation and sharp turns. Currently, motorists traveling Polk Street who want to connect with Route V must travel on Broadway and Bridge streets and navigate a series of 90-degree turns.


C-T Photo/Laura Schuler
May 12, 2009

CAPTION: The old wooden bridge stretching over the IC&E railroad tracks on Bridge Street will be closed down and demolished and a new bridge will be built on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. The Chillicothe City Council approved a partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation Monday night for the project, which is estimated to cost $3.7 million. The city's portion of the project will be 40 percent, with a $1.5 million cap. The project is slated for 2011.

Route V to Be Realigned
$3.7 million plan will build new bridge, extend Polk St.

The City of Chillicothe has entered into a partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation to demolish the old wooden bridge on Bridge Street and build a new one on Polk Street. The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and will involve closing down the Route V/Bridge Street bridge over the IC&E railroad tracks on the east side of town and building a new bridge on Polk Street (north of the existing bridge) to better handle Route V traffic. In order to do so, the existing Polk Street would be extended on east to hook up with Route V.

The city's share of the project will be 40 percent with a $1.5 million cap, according to the agreement unanimously approved by Chillicothe City Council members Monday night. The state would absorb any cost overruns, according to Dan Niec, MoDOT district engineer, who was on hand at the meeting to explain the project and field questions.

Up to eight houses will be affected by the new road construction, Niec said, adding that the next step will be for MoDOT to meet with property owners in the area.

Street Superintendent Hugh Musselman said a direct route would eliminate issues involving sight limitations, multiple levels of gradation and sharp turns. Currently, motorists traveling Polk Street who want to connect with Route V must travel on Broadway and Bridge streets and navigate a series of 90-degree turns.

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