PP hwy traffic circle bid high

Sunday, April 19, 2015

By DAVID SILVERBERG

Associate Editor

A Poplar Bluff firm is the apparent low bidder for construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway PP and Township Line Road.

RL Persons Construction submitted a bid of $944,750. The only other bid opened Friday by the Missouri Department of Transportation was $1,274,000 from Young's General Contracting of Poplar Bluff.

"I know this intersection has been an issue for a long time for the folks who live in that area. When the roundabout is completed, it will greatly improve the flow of traffic," MoDOT area engineer David Wyman said. "It will take drivers a period of time to get used to it, but in the end people will like it."

The four-leg roundabout is designed to improve safety at the intersection. Traffic will have to slow to navigate the roundabout, but the stop signs on Township Line Road will be removed.

Butler County Road 448 (also known as Miller Road) will be relocated. Instead of intersecting Township Line just south of PP, Miller Road will curve to the northwest and intersect with PP west of Township Line.

There will be a left turn lane created on PP for traffic waiting to turn left off PP onto Miller Road.

A new turn lane also will be constructed from Bypass 67 to the roundabout.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be completed in four to six months, according to Wyman. The roundabout will be built in stages in order to keep PP and the side roads open during construction

Most of the roundabout will cover the yard on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Wyman noted the low bid was $210,750 higher than the estimate of $734,000.

"Members of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will meet May 6. They will have to determine if the project can be awarded," Wyman said.

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