COLUMBIA — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $2 million contract to improve Route Z in preparation for the opening of Battle High School this fall.
Don Schnieders Excavating Company Inc. of Jefferson City received the contract after submitting the lowest bid of $2,052,749, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The commission plans to complete the project by early August.
The project aims to increase the road's capacity and make it safer. The company will resurface Route Z and add shoulders from Interstate 70 to St. Charles Road. It will also build a roundabout at the intersection of Route Z and St. Charles Road and replace the Route Z bridge over the interstate.
The project is funded through a cost-share agreement between MoDOT and Boone County. Boone County will fund about 33 percent of the costs, while the transportation department will fund the remaining 67 percent, according to previous Missourian reporting.
Construction that requires lane closures on I-70 will be performed during nighttime hours, but the transportation department advises motorists to find alternate routes during the construction.
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