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      MoDOT announces new projects

      New projects from the Missouri Department of Transportation are set to be completed over the next 10 years, should Constitutional Amendment 7 pass in the August election.

      Amendment 7 would temporarily raise Missouri's sales tax by 3/4 cent for 10 years.

      The proceeds from that tax would go toward transportation improvements across the state, including in Kirksville. One of those projects would be constructing an overpass at the intersection of Highway 63 and Illinois Street.

      MoDOT is calling the construction both a road and bridge project. The cost of that project would be 3.68 million dollars in Amendment 7 funds.

      "Well the interchange will be the next step on Highway 63 expansion or the Corridor of the Capitals, where when we built the new route around Kirksville a couple of years ago, there were a couple of at-grade intersections that were built instead of interchanges," said Kevin James, MoDOT Assistant District Engineer.

      Other MoDOT projects planned for Amendment 7 funds include adding shoulders on Highway 6 east of Kirksville through Edina and into Lewis County. Updating the hangers and improving the terminal at Kirksville Regional Airport would also take place if Missouri's Amendment 7 passes in August.