Five counties stretching
from historic Hannibal to Macon, MO, are working together to convince state
and federal officials to expand U.S. 36 into a four-lane highway in the
northeast part of the state, KTVO television reported recently.
U.S. 36 runs across the
northern sections of Missouri, running from St. Joseph, MO, along the Missouri
River at the state's western border to Hannibal, along the Mississippi
River on the state's eastern boundary. It runs parallel to Interstate 70,
which runs from Kansas City to St. Louis.
Officials from Ralls,
Marion, Monroe, Shelby and Macon counties told KTVO they wanted to expand
the highway by 2008 to aide economic development in the area.