The City of St. Charles is widening and improving Fifth Street, adding an arch and planted sidewalks, and medians. The project will improve safety for vehicles and pedestrians, and will improve aesthetics of Fifth Street from I-70 to Washington Street. For more information see: http://www.stcharlescitymo.gov/Departments/PublicWorks/FifthStreetGatewayProject/tabid/1109/Default.aspx.
MoDOT is in the final months of conducting a study on improving I-270 North from the intersection of I-70 and the Chain of Rock Bridge, which is a about 15 miles in length and encompasses approximately 16 interchanges. The entrance and exit ramps at Dunn Road, that require crossing oncoming traffic, are also being studied. For more information, see http://www.modot.org/stlouis/I-270North.htm.
Recent health reports find that exposure to ELF's ("Extremely Low Frequency") and EMF's ("Electro-motive Force") can lead to increased cancer rates, especially in children. These findings are being reviewed by persons in the pathway of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a proposed direct current transmission line project from wind energy. Read more at http://www.moberlymonitor.com/article/20140606/NEWS/140609221/10054/NEWS
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently announced a new project in Rogersville, Missouri. The new road would connect Highway B with Greene County Farm Road 253 on the west side of Rogersville, and would encompass properties in both Greene County and Webster County. The project includes building a railroad overpass for Farm Road 253, and improving two other railroad crossings. The project is a cooperative partnership between City of Rogersville, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The County Commissioners of Randolph County, Missouri, have signed a resolution expressing their support for the Grain Belt Express electric transmission line. Read the resolution and more about the Grain Belt Express here: http://www.moberlymonitor.com/article/20140508/NEWS/140508900/10054/NEWS#NEWS/?Start=1&_suid=140053018845202984768864265449
The East Locust Creek Reservoir project in north central Missouri near Milan, in Sullivan County, is moving forward. According to a news story, 79% of the land needed for acquisition has been purchased. Read more at: http://www.heartlandconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=1039957
The 750-mile long prposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line is causing controversy in affected counties, including Randolph County, Missouri. Many landowners oppose having their land taken by eminent domain, and some will have their property cut in half by the electric line easement, but a company spokesman for Clean Line Energy Partners says that Missouri would benefit from manufacturing and construction jobs. Read more at: http://www.abc17news.com/news/transmission-line-proposed-in-missouri-causes-conflict/25768328 .
The president of Clean Line Energy Partners visited northwestern Missouri to promote the Grain Belt Express electric transmission line project, which would carry electricity generated by wind farms in Kansas to locations in the eastern U.S. Read more here: http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_6d2ac19e-1c93-594d-b559-06820b8fd291.html
This letter to the editor offers an overview of reasons as to why landowners are opposed to the Grain Belt Express DC electric transmission line. Read more at: http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2014/4/10/missouri-doesnt-need-clean-line/.
Element Power, an energy company located in Portland, Oregon (website: http://www.elpower.com/) has proposed to build a wind farm, named Mill Creek Wind Farm, that will generate 200 megawatts of electricity. The wind farm would be located near Oregon, Missouri, in Holt County, which is in northwestern Missouri. The power would be sold to Kansas City Power & Light. Read more at: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/24/4912324/states-largest-wind-farm-planned.html.