Marshfield MO Interchange with Roundabouts Aerial Rendering
Providing Critical Interstate Access
I-44 Interchange Improvements
The importance of another access point with I-44 in Marshfield, MO has been a priority for the community for the past 50 years. The population of Marshfield, MO had almost doubled since the 1980’s and recent industrial development had heightened the need for a long-term solution and an additional interstate access. The City’s investment in the interchange project provided increased connectivity, congestion relief, economic growth, and safety to the citizens of Marshfield and Webster County.
ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT THAT MAXIMIZES BENEFITS & PERFORMANCE
The interchange required a solution that would facilitate the growing residential demand and accommodate the City’s vision for future economic development, all while minimizing project costs. Multiple alternative solutions were evaluated; each solution had to accommodate future traffic demand and reduce the overall footprint to maximize future land-use benefits. The chosen solution also accommodated Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) future expansion needs on I-44 and considered maintenance costs associated with the interchange improvements.
DESIGN THAT ATTRACTS THE VISION FOR DEVELOPMENT
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) evaluated long-term, economic development impacts to determine the best solution. The surrounding area provided the canvas for future development. For that reason, it was imperative to develop an interchange that not only enhanced mobility, but also minimized the footprint to protect the surrounding land for future development. Our team provided the City with a collaboration of trusted advisers that ensured solutions aligned with efforts to develop a holistic strategy that incorporated sustainable financial revenue.
ENGAGING THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC CHALLENGES
Citizens were engaged during the process and voiced their support through the transportation sales tax initiative passed in 2016. CMT understood the importance of maintaining positive momentum, and like we do with other small communities, deployed a community engagement plan. It was critical that the vision of the community be incorporated into the design. The emphasis on transportation design making and stakeholder engagement was a true reflection of the community’s motto of “Building Community Together.”