I-66 project connecting Missouri to the coasts gets another look

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 4:25 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The idea of an interstate highway connecting southeast Missouri to the U.S. coasts is still in the works.

The Southeast Missourian reported that business and political leaders in Cape Girardeau heard Monday about the I-66 project, first proposed 20 years ago.

Consultant Lonnie Haefner said the estimated cost of building the interstate has risen from $17.5 billion to $60 billion.

Haefner said the highway would draw traffic off Interstates 40 and 70 and could make Cape Girardeau a transportation center.

Before the end of this year, Congress must authorize spending on highways for the next five years.

Haefner said the Obama administration's emphasis on high-impact projects has given new impetus to the I-66 proposal.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.