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. After years of plans being in the works, actual construction began in earnest last week. Utility crews installed a self-supporting steel tower for a 69 kV transmission line and began work on the line. Completion of this project will lead to the closure of the old bridge, and a new bridge will be erected on Polk Street.