POPLAR BLUFF, MO - Shelby Road, a 2-mile 4-lane connection between Highway W and Highway PP is quickly nearing completion. As part of their long-range planning, the City of Poplar Bluff, in conjunction with the Cripple Creek Development District, is constructing the road that will provide the City with a new development corridor along the West side of Poplar Bluff. Schultz and Summers Engineering completed its design in 2009 and helped the two entities secure funding through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The first phase was completed this spring by Robertson Construction. The second phase, which involves the gravel base and paving, is currently under construction.
Emery, Sapp & Sons (ESS) was selected as the general contractor for the paving work. ESS has subcontracted the laying of the base to Robertson Construction, which is expected to be complete by September 27th. The paving crews are expected around the 1st of October and completion is planned for early November.
Frank Carroll, former Vice-Chief of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Schultz and Summers Engineering employee had this to say, "The weather has been great for construction and the contractors have made the best out of it. We expect to be placing pavement within the next couple of weeks and we hope to be driving on it within a couple of months. At this point, the project appears to be within budget and fairly close to our original completion date. All-and-all its been a wonderful project that the City will be proud of for years to come. Schultz and Summers Engineering and the City have worked well togethor and we look forward to eventually extending the road all the way to Highway 53."
Colby Robertson, owner of Robertson Construction, was quoted as saying, "Shelby Road has been a great experience for my firm and will be a great improvement to the City's infrastructure. We're expecting to finish this up over the next several weeks and then open it up to traffic."