Officials release plan to make Route 61 safer

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WENTZVILLE, MO (KPLR) – The city of Wentzville along with surrounding communities, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation talked about how to make Route 61 and the 15 mile stretch of road between Interstate 70 and Troy a safer ride for drivers.

The plan is to building an overpass at Highway P to alleviate traffic for expected growth in the region.  Officials looked at crash reports from this year and came up with a plan to make the road safer. They called it the three E`s: education, enforcement and engineering.

Officials are hoping that work on the $12 million dollar overpass will be done by 2018. They need another $5 million to make the changes to cable links, lanes and signs. Cities are planning to get public input starting Thursday. The stretch of road covers Wentzville, Troy, Moscow Mills and Flint Hills.  In St. Charles and Lincoln counties, all fall into two MoDOT districts.