Round two in discussing the future of the U.S. 60 corridor in southern Webster County comes to Seymour this Thursday, Aug. 8.
Beginning at 6 p.m. that evening at the Seymour Senior Citizens’ Center on the west side of the city square, the Webster County Commission and its consultant, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) of Springfield, will hold a second round of discussion with the public to share information and receive additional feedback from local residents as work progresses on a study of long-term improvements along the 21-mile stretch of four-lane highway that begins at Cedar Gap in the east and ends at Rogersville in the west.
“I felt the first meeting in Seymour, which was held at city hall, was an excellent one,” Presiding Commissioner Paul Ipock, R-Diggins, said. “We had more than 50 people present, and the discussion was very good. There were a lot of good questions asked and lots of legitimate concerns that were shared.”
At the first meeting a month ago, the county handed out surveys for those in attendance. Extra copies were distributed to those who couldn’t or didn’t attend.
Results from those surveys have since been compiled.
Working with the CMT team, led by Regional Office Manager Steve Prange, an engineer, the information that was gathered in June helped to develop some initial safety alternatives along the U.S. 60 corridor.
“That information from the surveys and the June meetings, which were held not just in Seymour, but also in Diggins, Fordland and Rogersville, will be presented at the Aug. 8 meeting in Seymour,” Ipock explained.
“There will be lots of ideas presented to the public at this meeting. A lot of those ideas were gained by the feedback we got at the meetings and from the surveys.”
Thursday's meeting was moved from Seymour City Hall to the senior center because of space concerns. City hall has a maximum capacity of 60, while the center can hold more than twice as many people.
What can be expected at the meeting?
“We (the county and CMT) will open the meeting with a short presentation, then residents again will be asked to provide us with their viewpoints so additional information can be gained for the final report,” Ipock said.
“The bottom line is that if you want a voice on the issue of the future of transportation along U.S. 60 in southern Webster County, you need to attend (the Aug. 8) meeting.”