Moscow Mills mayor wants improvements to Hwy. 61

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MOSCOW MILLS, MO (KPLR) - A mayor is on a mission after a deadly wreck killed three people on Highway 61 last week, and now the leader is leaning on his colleagues in the hope changes will be made to save lives.

Monday the Mayor of Moscow Mills sent out an email basically stating that enough is enough when it comes to accidents long Highway 61.

He is asking for them all to come to a public forum to start making a plan for how to fix this highway.

According to officers a mother and child were in the car; both had to be extracted and taken to Mercy Hospital.

Moscow Mills Mayor Mike Clynch is organizing a public forum for local, state and federal leaders to hear what the residents who drive this highway every day have to say about the road.

Right now MoDOT has a plan in place to update some areas of the highway starting in 2017.

Clynch says that is the not the long term solution for this highway.

He would like to see cable barriers go up immediately and for the highway to be brought up to interstate status.

Clynch says he has been asking MoDOT for changes along the entire stretch of the highway for years but nothing has gotten done.

He`s now hoping the residents are as fed up as him.

The mayor says on a stretch of the highway, 13 deaths occurred until an overpass was finally put in.

He is hoping it won’t take that many this time.