The 76 Steering Committee, and consultants with Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineering, met with community leaders and business owners at the Clay Cooper Theatre Tuesday to present ideas of a revitalized Highway 76.
Chairman of the Highway 76 committee Rick Todd addressed those in attendance, saying the City is committed to promoting the heritage of 76 Country Blvd, while improving it and making it feel better. He says he wants visitors to have a sense of arrival, when they come to Branson and let the stress of their trip go away:
Todd says power lines along the 76 corridor are a distraction. He says he is hopeful the project will enhance and protect the natural beauty of the area.
Branson has budgeted $17-million toward the project. MoDOT has given the City $600,000 from enhancement funds. If the City qualifies, they may be elegiable for a cost sharing program granted by the state to match any investment, up to $20-million.
The total project is projected to cost $60 to $80-million dollars and may take 4 to 6 years to complete. The City is also seeking additional funding to help pay for the project.