Preparations are underway to let the public hear about and give feedback on the first segment of Interstate 70 to be expanded to three lanes.

On Valentine’s Day, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that it has selected the company Millstone Weber to expand I-70 between Columbia and Kingdom City. The company and MoDOT are still working out details of the contract, but both sides say it should be finalized soon. Eric Kopinski, Program Director for Improve I-70, told Missourinet he expects the contract to be wrapped up within a week or two.

Two public meetings are being planned to allow Missourians to get more information about the first phase of construction. Kopinski said the dates and times are still being worked on.

“If you have any questions or comments or would like to know a little bit more information, please show up to those events,” he said. “We just want to be there for the local community, for the businesses, for the schools, for the first responders. We want to be there to try and explain this so everyone can understand what the playbook is going to be before we begin any construction.”

Once they’re set, the two public meetings will be in Columbia and Kingdom City.

Interstate 70 is being expanded to three lanes in both directions between the St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas. Last year, Gov. Mike Parson signed into law a budget bill that contained about $2.8 billion in state funding to pay for the expansion.

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