Civic leaders and elected officials have been working to form the Highway 5 Corridor Coalition to advocate for infrastructure improvements along the Highway 5 Corridor from Chariton County to Putnam County. The mission is to improve safety, enhance efficiency and promote economic development and to assist with strategic planning. The ??Long Term Goal?? is to build awareness of the transportation needs of citizens and businesses along the corridor to assist in strategic planning for the future.
The Coalition will assist by providing information, organizing and coordinating efforts that will keep the needs of the Region ??top-of-mind?? and by advocating for resources to accomplish Corridor enhancements. The Coalition has written and adopted by-laws, applied for non-profit status and filed as an association with State of Missouri. As a part of the by-laws, the organization designated the respective County Commissioners from Chariton, Linn, Sullivan and Putnam counties to ??name?? 3 board members each to represent their county??s interests. Named to the Board of Directors are:Chariton County: Steve Atkinson, Larry Pollard and Bob GreenLinn County: Darrell Gardner, Martha Beach and Lawrence AllenSullivan County: Danah Fowler, Brad Scott and Danny BusickPutnam County: Randy Sands, John RoachThe above Board Members elected Officers of the Board of Directors:Brad Scott, ChairmanRandy Sands, Vice ChairmanLarry Pollard, SecretaryMartha Beach, Treasurer Chris May, Presiding Commissioner of Sullivan County and a founding member, stated, ??The 117 miles of Highway 5 remains an important and increasingly critical north/south arterial road in North Central Missouri. It is a major lifeline in providing agriculture supplies and commodities in our region, a diverse bread-basket that is a significant underpinning of Missouri??s economy. We are all just thrilled that the communities along Highway 5 recognized the importance as well as the impact of joining together to advocate for projects that will benefit us all. I am proud to be a part of the effort.?? Brad Scott, Chairman of the Highway 5 Corridor Coalition stated, ??Maintaining and enhancing the Highway 5 Corridor infrastructure is critical to the economic vitality, health and well-being of Highway 5 Corridor communities. The current infrastructure presents challenges for automobile traffic, short and long-haul semi-trucks, school buses, and farm equipment to have safe, efficient access to homes, schools, farms, businesses and industries. Turn lanes, wider shoulders, rumble strips, signage and other infrastructure enhancements are needed throughout the corridor to improve safety, efficiency and economic vitality.?? Randy Sands, Associate Commissioner for Putnam County stated, ??From the Missouri River to the Iowa line we share a common interest in Highway 5. That roadway binds us and it just makes sense that we cooperate and work together for mutual benefit. Working together we can have a real impact on resource allocations for infrastructure improvements that will improve lives for generations.?? MEMBERSHIP: The Corridor Coalition will be governed by a 12 person Board of Directors appointed by the County Commissions of Chariton, Linn, Sullivan and Putnam Counties, but general membership will include, governmental entities, civic organizations, school districts, businesses and concerned citizens. COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY HIGHWAY 5:Keytesville, Salisbury, Brunswick, Marceline, Brookfield, Laclede, Linneus, Purdin, Browning, Milan and Unionville Facts:March 22, 1913 ( 100 Years Ago) The Missouri General Assembly created the State Highway Department, now Missouri Department of Transportation As built in the original 1922 road system, Missouri Route 5 is largely unchanged from its first path. Most of the paths bypassed are now Business routes through cities.Highway 5 is an important north/south route which provides important farm to market infrastructure stretching from rich lowland fields in the south to the livestock rich rolling hills of northern Missouri. Highway 5 is a key north/south route connecting east/west routes of Highways 24, 36, 6 and 136 Highway 5 is a key north/south route for semi-trucks hauling livestock to and from the Farmland packing, production and processing facilities and to Livestock auction facilities in New Cambria, Brookfield, Green City, Milan and Unionville Highway 5 is a key north/south route providing a multi-modal connection to rail and barge terminals hauling fertilizer upstream and grain commodities downstream for domestic and international markets. Highway 5 is a key north/south route connecting the historic towns and tourism destinations of Keytesville, Marceline, Brookfield, Milan and Unionville. Highway 5 is a key north/south route connecting State Parks, Wildife Refuges, Conservation Areas and Historic sites including: Pershing State Park, Laclede, Locust Creek Covered Bridge, Swan Lake, Elmwood Lake, Locust Creek Wildlife Area. Highway 5 is a key north/south route providing service to well-attended fairs, festivals and parades including: the , the Great Pershing Balloon Derby, Putnam County Fair, Brookfield Holiday Parade, Lemons/Pollock/Milan Music Festivals, Milan Old Timer Days, City of Browning Homecoming, Purdin Fall Festival, Brunswick Pecan Festival ,Salisbury Steak Festival, Keytesville Sterling Price Days, Sumner Wild Goose Festival. Highway 5 is a key north/south route to the planned 2,300 acre East Locust Creek Reservoir, the largest lake in North Central Missouri.