US Hwy 60 & BNSF Corridor Study

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US Hwy 60 & BNSF Corridor Study

Webster County, MO
CMT was retained to lead a master plan and follow-on design for a 22-mile highway/rail corridor section of U.S. Highway 60 & BNSF Thayer-North Rail Corridor in Webster County, MO. The study included 47 at-grade roadway intersections and 36 at-grade railroad crossings across many overlapping regional economies.

A major component of the study was an economic analysis of four individual local economies along the study corridor. A gap analysis was performed for each impacted community and applied to the proposed master plan improvements. Based on these results, CMT created an economic and land-use development model for the corridor, identifying areas where the highway and rail improvements would generate the greatest return on investment. The result is one where local and county officials can utilize the master plan as a tool to attract businesses and locate prime development opportunities that align with the future corridor improvements.

This project built upon and furthered CMT’s innovative approach to roadway and highway/rail safety. The successful outcomes on this project have allowed Webster County, MoDOT, BNSF, and local communities to strategically plan for infrastructure and economic growth and have provided a key document to assist in attracting funding and future economic developments.

CMT’s innovative approach and decades of experience proved invaluable in developing a master plan that improves safety, maintains critical rural access, and creates future economic development opportunities along this corridor.

Paul Ipock

Presiding Commissioner, Webster County, MO

The corridor study included collaboration between MoDOT, Webster County, and the BNSF Railway, creating a vision to bring this program of projects together. This project is serving as a model for future projects in the state and even throughout the country. We’re excited to continue developing this corridor with Webster County and the State of Missouri.

John Caufield

Public Projects Manager, BNSF

Project Contact(s)

Stephen Prange, PE

Project Award(s)

  • American Council of Engineering Companies, National Recognition Award 2022
  • American Council of Engineering Companies - Missouri, Grand Award 2022
  • Missouri Association of Counties, Achievement Award 2020

Project Service(s)

  • Economic Development
  • Freeway Conversion Study
  • Funding Assistance
  • Grant Administration
  • Quiet Zones
  • Rail Crossing Consolidation
  • Rail Safety Analytics
  • Transportation Master Plan