Public Weighs In on Controversial J-Turn

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CLARK - MoDOT invited public opinion Thursday evening on a potential new J-turn at U.S. 63 and Route B. MoDOT officials assured residents the new J-turn would reduce collisions, but many of those in attendance were not in favor of the plans.

Since the intersection opened in 2002, MoDOT has reported 39 crashes, 11 of which were disabling and two fatal. Officials cited another intersection in their argument where a new J-turn completely eliminated fatal and disabling crashes. The current U.S. 63 and Route B intersection has 42 conflict points where potential crashes may occur, but with a J-turn the number falls to 20.

However some residents were hesitant about the plan, saying they would rather have a new overpass. MoDOT says a new overpass would cost five to ten times as much as a J-turn. They say building a J-turn instead would not affect the potential for an overpass in the future.

MoDOT welcomes public comment on its website until December 27.