MoDOT Plans New J-Turn on Highway 63

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ASHLAND - The Missouri Department of Transportation held a public meeting Thursday to discuss construction of a J-turn on U.S. Highway 63 in Ashland. The new turn would eliminate the median crossovers at the intersections of Liberty Ln. and Peterson Ln./Forsee Rd. The plan also includes building roundabouts at the Route Y/M interchange.

MoDOT says the intersection at Highway 63 and Liberty Ln. had 11 accidents in the last five years. There are also 42 conflict points, areas where accidents are most likely to occur. MoDOT officials said the plan would improve traffic flow through the interchange and reduce the number of accidents.

MoDOT plans to begin construction in summer 2014 and does not believe it will be a major inconvenience to drivers. A map of the proposed changes and public comment form can be found on MoDOT's website.