UCM Joins in Celebration of Completion of Highway 13 Bypass
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 12, 2010) – University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose joined local, county and state officials and a large group of area citizens Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, in celebrating the completion of the Highway 13 East Loop bypass near Warrensburg.
UCM President Charles Ambrose, center, joined local, county and state officials and a large group of area citizens in celebrating the completion of the Highway 13 Bypass east of Warrensburg.
Ambrose was among the area officials who cut the ribbon marking the completion of the $27 million project, a 12-mile loop that will shift traffic from Highway 13 through Warrensburg to the bypass from Highway 50 east of Warrensburg south to Highway 13 south of Warrensburg.
“On behalf of the more than 11,000 students at UCM, we want to thank everyone involved in this project who worked to make our campus a safe place for our students while increasing the quality of life for all of us,” Ambrose said. “This was a cooperative effort that has created a new, safe and efficient artery that will allow our students to go out and become leaders via the highway corridors that lead them to the destinations where they realize their dreams.”
According to Sharon Taegel, assistant to the district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation District 21, the project was completed ahead of schedule in 13 months. The new highway will be open to traffic during the week of Nov. 15 following the completion of signage and installation of lighting.
Construction on the north loop of the project, which will connect Highway 50 with Highway 13 north of Warrensburg, is scheduled to begin in 2013.