Augusta to hold public meeting on closed, dangerous road

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AUGUSTA, MO (KTVI) - Drivers are ignoring “road closed” signs along a stretch of road between Washington and Augusta in Warren County, Missouri.  That roadway is considered so deadly, one city shut it down.

The town of Augusta, Missouri closed down Augusta Bottom Road late in August.  That that did not seem to matter to drivers.  One driver after another took the road and drove around the closure signs – one of which was lying on the ground.

It is not clear if this closure is legal, because another city government closed the road.  Augusta officials believe the shutdown was desperately needed.

The road is unpaved and runs on top of a levee next to two ponds left by the flood of 1993.  It also has no guardrails.

In November 2010, Joseph Volmert died when his car crashed in one of those ponds.  Three weeks before, in October 2010, Ella Neier, 16, lost her life on the same stretch of road when her car also rolled into one of the ponds.

According to – the online paper for the Washington Missourian -- Augusta rebuilt the road with a federal grant after the Great Flood of 1993.  That town closed the road late last month after its insurance company made a wrongful-death payout to Neier’s family.  The company then cancelled the policy.

The town of Augusta will hold a public meeting to discuss the closure.

Thursday September 5, 2013
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Augusta Elementary School
5541 Locust St.
Augusta, MO 63332
County Council Office:  (636) 949-7530

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