New Intersection Finished in Lafayette Street Project

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JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City unveiled a new intersection officially Thursday. As part of the Lafayette Street public works project, the intersection at Lafayette Street and McCarty Street has new traffic signals which replace stop signs there.

"We are trying to increase the capacity of the road so that traffic can move there more easily," Matt Morasch, the deputy director of public works, said.

The newly-completed intersection and the addition of the traffic signal are part of phase two of the Lafayette Street project. This finished project will feed a new interchange MoDOT is designing for Highway 63/54.

Another new project of phase two will reconstruct a new intersection on Lafayette Street and High Street and put on a new traffic signal.

The Lafayette Street Reconstruction Project started several years ago. The first phase was finished last year, which widened the northern extension of the street, added new sidewalks and a new traffic signal to the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Lafayette Street.

The reconstruction of Lafayette Street is a cooperative project funded by city and county sales taxes. The projects finished previously cost $1.4 million. And cost of the new intersection project is $980,000.

The reconstruction of Lafayette Street is a major component of the Prison Redevelopment Project. The goal of that project is to revamp the old Missouri State Penitentiary area and provide economic development opportunities.

The Lafayette Street project will be finished completely in fall.