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MoDOT plans conventional interchange at treacherous intersection

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The Missouri Department of Transportation will move forward with plans to build a conventional diamond interchange at Highway 61 and Route P north of Wentzville.

The intersection has seen fifteen fatalities in the past ten years and drivers who travel the area frequently told News 4 the intersection is long overdue for an interchange.

T.J. Oster, who works at Tri County Fence and Deck on the hill above the roadway, said he and coworkers are able to hear accidents on the highway and see them as often as a couple times a month.

Half of the cost of the $12.2 million project will be covered by MoDOT, the city of Wentzville will contribute $2.8 million and the remainder of the budget will be covered by the St. Charles County Road Board.

In response to claims of the roadway's danger, MoDOT said the danger comes from the heavy amount of traffic, not the roadway itself.

Tom Evers of MoDOT said whenever  there are more cars, there are more opportunities for an incident to occur. Many drivers become impatient or take chances, which has led to accidents and fatalities over the past several years, Evers said.

The project was in the works before problems with MoDOT's budget began and construction will begin next year.

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