Interchange plans near Columbia Regional Airport to be discussed Tuesday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | 5:49 p.m. CDT; updated 6:22 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — Upcoming plans for a diamond interchange at U.S. 63 and Route H near Columbia Regional Airport will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Tuesday.

The project, which is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year, will cost approximately $14 million and will include the construction of new southbound lanes just north of Route 163 to Route H. The current southbound lanes will be used to create an outer roadway west of U.S. 63.

“You’re allowing for the cars to merge onto 63 with the ramp, and it’s no longer a crossover intersection,” Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Nicole Hood said. “They’re no longer having to directly cross Route 63, they’ll be able to use ramps to merge on and off Route 63.”

No additional right-of-way will be needed for the new interchange.

The Department of Transportation is also coordinating with the Boone County Commission to extend Meyer Industrial Drive, but that project will not necessarily be completed with the interchange, Hood said.

The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Lenoir Community Center, 3710 Lenoir St.

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