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Adding distance to Carterville exit with new rampAdding distance to Carterville exit with new ramp

Adding distance to Carterville exit with new ramp

MoDot begins work on new ramps into Carterville off 249 to improve safety.

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   A Missouri Department of Transportation project has begun in Carterville to create a safer way to exit Interstate 249.

A new ramp is intended to get rid of a dangerous transition for drivers.

Drivers speed up to enter 249 East of Webb City,  and many quickly turn on blinkers and dart into right hand lanes.

There's not much time to get to the Carterville Exit at highway HH.

David Mitchell, a Missouri Department of Transportation customer service speciliast says, “The space between  highway 171,  where you get onto 249 and then the exit to get off again at HH is only 500 feet.  You have just a very  few seconds at high way speeds of 70 miles an hour to navigate, to cross those two lanes of traffic to get over and get off at that exit.” 

Something area residents like Jessica Thornsbrough say is a problem. “Usually,  when schools getting out or five o'clock you a have to avoid it or you're fighting to get across. I try to avoid it as much as possible. We'll drive through Carterville most of the time just so we can avoid it,” says Thornsbrough.

Molly Gilbert who teaches in Carterville says, “It doesn't  really give you enough time to get off at the exit so I think it (a new ramp)  would be a  great idea.”

Mitchell says, “We're not aware of serious accidents, but we've had complaints and concerns expressed to us. We understand there’s been some near misses.”

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the situation right now doesn't allow for any margin of error. Drivers have to pay close attention. But with the change and new ramps,  the distance between entrance and exit will triple.

Mitchell says, “Essentially what they're going to do is instead of  the configuration we have now, they’re going to create a loop that goes under HH to get back on there. and again spreading that distance out to make sure people can get across there safely.”

Crews are clearing land for the new loop ramp and have extended a box culvert as well. The north bound entrance ramp at HH will also shift north another thousand feet.  Much of the construction work begins here. Drivers may see lane closures this summer.  But, once complete drivers say the million and half dollar new ramps will be a big improvement.  

Thornsbrough says, “It was a stupid design, that’s for sure.”

Ramp construction is expected to be completed by late August.

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