Seymour: Tuesday, June 25 at Seymour City Hall, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The final public meeting set to gather input about the U.S. 60 corridor in southern Webster County will be held early next week in Seymour.

It arrives next Tuesday in council chambers at Seymour City Hall.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. It has been scheduled to last 1-1/2 hours.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Previous meetings have been held in Diggins, Fordland and Rogersville.

The meetings are being organized by the Webster County Commission.

Elected representatives from each of the three communities will be present at the respective meetings.

County Clerk Stan Whitehurst said the purpose of the meetings is to gather ideas about possible improvements along U.S. 60, which travels for 30 miles on the south side of Webster County, beginning in the west at Rogersville and ending in the east at Cedar Gap.

Southern District Commissioner Randy Owens said the county commission has been encouraged in the project by assistance from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad. He said BNSF officials have shown a great interest in finding solutions to present and future traffic issues on four-lane U.S. 60.

“This is very encouraging for us as BNSF hasn’t been involved in these types of discussions in the past,” Owens said. “When we had a stakeholder meeting earlier this month in Marshfield, we had a lot of representatives there from the cities along U.S. 60 and the (Seymour) Special Road District, which also was very encouraging.”

Among the issues to be discussed will be possible overpasses in Seymour, making U.S. 60 a true “limited-access” highway, safety of Amish horse-drawn buggies on the four-lane highway and many other topics.s

When meetings are held in Diggins, Fordland and Seymour, respectively, Whitehurst said it is important that local residents attend and share their ideas, thoughts and visions.

“These meetings don’t work nearly as well without that local participation,” he said. “That’s why we encourage the public to come out and attend, to share their viewpoints, to be a big part of the process.”

Doors at city hall will open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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