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Q: Are there other Shared four-lane highways in Missouri?
A: Yes: State Route 5 was opened in 2010 between Camdenton and Lebanon. This project is considered a major success.
Q: Why a “shared four-lane” instead of a traditional four lane highway?
A: Cost and Benefit.... A Shared four-lane on US 54 is expected to cost approximately one-half of what a traditional four lane highway would cost. However, we would receive comparable benefits in terms of efficiency, safety and development potential. Additionally, environmental impacts are greatly reduced in areas such as lost farm ground.
Q: How will A BETTER 54 be paid for?
A: Frankly, we don’t yet know. There is currently much work being done at the Federal and State levels to determine where money will come from for future investments in transportation infrastructure such as A BETTER 54. We want to build support at all levels for this important project so that we are ready when funds become available.
Q: How do I contact the 54 Coalition?
A: Please see the Contact us page.
Q: Who is the 54 Coalition?
A: The coalition is made up of cities, counties, and development organizations along the BETTER 54 route. An expansion of the coalition is planned for the future.
Q: Is a shared four-lane highway safe?
A: Because drivers never have to drive in a lane with oncoming traffic, a shared four-lane is far safer than a two lane road. It is this ability to pass (or to be passed) on a shared four-lane that makes it so much safer and more efficient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will we drive on A BETTER 54?
A: Projects such as A Better 54 can take years to complete after funding is determined. Right now, specific funding sources have not yet been determined. No time frame for completion is possible based on these facts.
Q: How much will A Better 54 cost?
A: A study completed by MODOT has early cost estimates of approximately 81 million (for the Missouri portion). Roughly half of what a traditional four-lane would cost.