MARSHFIELD, Mo. — Marshfield is driving forward with its hope to pave a new exit off I-44, and they're asking you for support and ideas.
Marshfield and Webster County residents say their one main exit off I-44 has been plagued by congestion for years.
That's why the county has teamed up with MoDOT and federal agencies to conduct a formal study on what happens next.
County Clerk Stan Whitehurst says two thirds of Webster County residents work outside the county, and that's why so many people head to the highway during rush hour.
But today there's only one exit - and the closest ones north and south are at least six miles away.
Back in 2005, work was done to widen the main interchange at Route 38 and Spur Road, but Whitehurst says that still doesn't solve the problems of location, convenience and even safety.
"If there's a simple traffic accident on the overpass and you have a medical call on the west side of town - are the ambulances going to have to go to the Conway exit (Exit 107) and come down and around or go down to Northview (Exit 96)?" Whitehurst explains. "You're talking about adding a significant amount of time to your response."