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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Ribbon cutting held at new Route V bridge

  • 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.
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  • 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a collaborative effort between the city of Chillicothe and the Missouri Department of Transportation, replaced an outdated timber bridge that Mayor Chuck Haney said was past its prime.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.”
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