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      Major renovations coming to Whitton Expressway

      MoDOT plans to widen U.S. 50 to six lanes between Monroe and Clark and add a new interchange at Lafayette.

      MoDOT officials said Thursday they plan to revamp U.S. 50 in Jefferson City between Monroe and Clark.

      The two-year, $18 million project will widen the highway to six lanes and repair or replace six bridges along that stretch of highway. Crews will build a new interchange at U.S. 50 and Lafayette and permanently close the intersection of Lafayette and Elm. Transportation Project Manager Michael Dusenberg told KRCG 13 the project results from a study that showed drivers wanted easier access to Lincoln University and the surrounding area. He said MoDOT plans to keep at least one lane in each direction open at all times to minimize the impact on commutes. Crews will not touch the surrounding local street network.

      Dusenberg said bidding for the project should start this fall, with construction beginning in the spring of 2015.