Better directions coming for those traveling in Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY - Traveling around the state capital may soon become easier for visitors and residents.

The Jefferson City Council unanimously voted to authorize a MODOT grant that would go toward road sign improvements around town.

City officials are still discussing where the improved signage will go around the capital city but say the focus is on the downtown area.

Officials said improving current signage is important to improve the experience for those who visit the city.

"Well, obviously when you have visitors come into your community, you want them to be able to find the attractions they are looking for, so these signs would just help visitors," Third Ward Councilman Bob Scrivner said.

The grant would be for $214,000 which would cover 80 percent of the project costs.

The remaining 20 percent needs to come from the city; however, some community members have pitched in to help with the costs.

"The business community really got behind this, and actually donated most of the money for the 20 percent, so the city will only be putting around $10,000 of city funds into this," Scrivner said.

Officials will continue to hear public input on the project through the fall.

Final construction is expected to begin in June 2016.