Crews with APAC Missouri will begin work Monday on major improvements to Highway 37, which will extend from Highway 60 in Monett to the Arkansas line.
According to Angela Eden, spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), a $6.6 million contract has been awarded to APAC for the resurfacing of 32.5 miles of Highway 37.
Signage announcing the project was placed across from the site of the Monett Area YMCA construction on Tuesday. The project is independent from the YMCA and will involve only minimal work in Monett, Eden said.
MoDOT rebuilt the roadway in Monett and widened the shoulders in 2005. Eden said resurfacing will focus on areas with maintenance issues in Monett.
Monett City Administrator Dennis Pyle said the city and the YMCA are continuing talks with MoDOT about the entrance between the YMCA building and the Monett Municipal Golf Course.
"It is the contention of the city and the YMCA that there will not be enough traffic generated from the south (northbound traffic) on Highway 37 turning into the YMCA and the new golf course clubhouse that warrants a right turn lane," said Pyle. "There may be some widening of the road about 200 feet either way from the entrance. We're still working out details. Someone other than MoDOT would have to pay for turn lane improvements."
According to Eden, there was some concern and confusion caused by the placement of an electronic sign along the highway near the YMCA construction site announcing the start of the project. Another sign was placed at the other end of the project near Seligman. MoDOT hopes to move the signs closer to the actual work as construction gets underway, Eden said.
The project will involve grading shoulders and making water drainage improvements in a number of places. Starting next week, crews will concentrate on shoulder work in the Butterfield area. Traffic will be reduced to one lane wherever crews are working.
Improvements in 2005 installed alternating turning lanes between Monett and Cassville. Eden said the latest work will put more alternating turn lanes between Cassville and Washburn. Due to limited right of way at the southern end of the project, Eden did not expect turn lanes will be added between Washburn and Seligman.
Under APAC's contract, construction is scheduled for completion by Dec. 1. Eden said APAC has worked on an expedited schedule and hopes to finish by July 1.