Government
11:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2008

Highway Horrors Face Funding Flaws

Missouri highway planners say there is no funding available for road and bridge projects valued at $5.5 billion. Missouri Department of Transportation is already considering a twenty year projection of needs that will cost $31 billion.

The intake of revenue over the same period is calculated at $13 billion. Long term projects include widening of Interstate 70 to eight lanes and turning South 71 Highway into a portion of Interstate 49.

I-70 improvements would include separate lanes solely for big truck traffic. Greater safety, speed and smoothness of ride are some of the goals.

MoDOT Lees Summit spokesman Steve Porter says there are 46 projects on the critical list.

Rising construction costs and the amount of monies available for highway projects combine for the gloomy forecast. Legislators and transportation interest groups had agreed to fashion the comprehensive plan before asking voters for more funding.