The geniuses from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) never cease to amaze me.
While I do appreciate the resurfacing of U.S. 60 here in Seymour, I sure don’t appreciate my trip back to town when driving south from Highway C. When I arrive at the stoplight and seek to continue south to Highway K, there no longer is an option.
As this photo shows, I can go right, and I can go left. But there isn’t a straight option.
For years, MoDOT crippled Seymour’s economy — first by bypassing the business community, then by refusing to build overpasses while providing lousy highway intersections that stifled growth and claimed lives.
Now you can’t travel south from Highway C into town unless you take a lane that doesn’t exist. But, hey ... help is on the way!
Nearly $20 million soon will be spent between Diggins and Fordland on a new outer road. It’s too bad that project doesn’t address the biggest transportation concerns along the U.S. 60 corridor in southern Webster County, which are horse-drawn buggies and the four-lane highway’s only two stoplights. Perhaps road planners are anticipating a mass exodus of the Amish to the west.
Better yet, maybe they think a high-dollar road network where no one lives is a smart move.
What’s next? An overpass at Cedar Gap?