Kirksville residents had a chance to meet and hear from some of the top people at the Missouri Department of Transportation Wednesday afternoon and celebrate the final payment on a major project, years in the making.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which oversees MoDOT, held its monthly meeting at Truman State University. That meeting included a check presentation, to pay off the project to four-lane U.S. 63 from Kirksville to Macon. The final payment from the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation of $696,498 was made almost nine months ahead of schedule.
Enough funds were collected from the half-cent economic development sales tax in Kirksville for the final installment payment to MoDOT for the highway project.
The Highway 63 Transportation Corporation was formed in July, 2000, to fund, plan, and construct the two additional lanes of highway.
The half-cent economic development sales tax is still being collected in Kirksville and will continue until repayment of the Highway 63 Alternate Route is complete.
Also at Wednesday's meeting, the commission heard public presentations, bids for roadway improvements and the budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
The MoDOT Northeast District Office also made a presentation to the commission on area programs and response to recent weather events such as late-season snowfall and spring flooding.
Kirksville citizens, the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation and the commission gathered for an ice cream social after the meeting to celebrate the final payment on the four-lane project.
The next goal for the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation is a four-lane U.S. 63 from Kirksville to the Iowa border.