(HANNIBAL)—Need for an expressway to take US 61 traffic off McMasters Avenue in Hannibal was one of the presentations heard Wednesday as the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission met in Hannibal.

Commissioners were reminded that there are only seven stop lights along the Avenue of The Saints and that all seven of them are in the Hannibal area. MODOT says there isn’t a lot of money for constructions projects and that as a result… they’re focusing on maintenance of existing roads and bridges. Commissioners also heard from representatives of Audrain County about expanding US 54 to four lanes from Mexico to Louisiana.