Possible expansion coming to Missouri highway

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 9:42 PM CST
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CARDWELL, Ark. (KAIT) - Drivers in Missouri may have new options on the road.

The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to expand Highway 412 to four lanes from Mr. T’s to just south of Kennett.

More than 6,000 people travel that 20-mile stretch each day.

People we spoke with are excited about the possibility of the highway expanding.

Former Cardwell Fire Chief Larry Russell said during his time with the department, he responded to multiple crash calls on the highway.

“There have been a few accidents there,” he said. “I think it will clear up that congestion there.”

The area where Russell saw the most crashes was in front of Mr. T’s where the highway goes from four lanes down to two.

He has lived in Cardwell for over half a century and has waited for some sort of expansion.

Russell believes the expansion and increased traffic flow could also bring a store to town.

The Dunklin County Commission contributed $500,000 toward the completion of the environmental work. Although the funding has not been secured for future construction.

MoDOT will hold a community briefing at the Senath-Hornersville High School gym on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. for residents to learn more about the proposal and ask questions.