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Gene Curtis Memorial Highway Dedication

SIKESTON-A Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony was held Wednesday, Sept. 29 to celebrate the naming of the Gene Curtis Memorial Highway on Route 80 in New Madrid County.

Speakers included:

• Missouri Senator Rob Mayer, 25th District

• Missouri Representative Steve Hodges, District 161

• Missouri Representative Terry Swinger, District 162

• Mayor Jim Burch, City of Matthews

• MoDOT Southeast District Engineer Mark Shelton

Senator Robert Mayer and Representative Steve Hodges sponsored the legislation, naming the portion of Highway 80 in New Madrid County from the intersection of Highway 61/80/E east to Interstate 55 the Gene Curtis Memorial Highway.

Curtis served as the mayor of Matthews from 1999 until his death in July 2007. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War and was president and operator of a poultry farm. He also served as Matthews' city judge and marshal. He was a lifetime member of the Big Prairie Jaycees, and a member of Sikeston Eagles Club Aerie No. 3319 and Sikeston Masonic Lodge No. 310.

For more information on the dedication ceremony, please contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).



District Engineer Mark Shelton and Senator Mayer

Rep. Hodges, Rep. Swinger and Mayor Jim Burch

Gene Curtis Memorial Highway Dedication



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