Local officials want to expand highway in northeast Missouri

| 8/1/2003

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.