7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

MoDOT Prepares For The Next Winter Storm

The state of Missouri is shipping fresh supplies to storage barns in Kansas City, but there is no guarantee there will be enough to last until spring.

A tractor trailer loaded with salt pulled into a Lee’s Summit storage dome Thursday within minutes of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's arrival for a press conference.

The dome was last filled six weeks ago, but it was virtually empty after recent snowstorms.

Missouri Department of Transportation Director, David Nichols says salt is being shipped into and then around the state to meet demand.

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6:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day?

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Kansas Citians are pretty accustomed to snow days after the past 12 months.

A year ago, a winter storm clobbered Kansas City with 20.5 inches of snow.

The February snowfall, which made it into the record books at the National Weather Service,  preceded several other severe snow storms that hit Kansas City in 2013.

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7:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Rail Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City

A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.

The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.

“We now have double-track running the entire stretch from Jefferson City to St. Louis, and delays caused by rail traffic funneling into a single track over the old bridge are now a thing of the past,” said Szabo.

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Up to Date
10:14 am
Wed November 20, 2013

A 20-Year View For MoDOT

Missouri's roads will need $70 billion in repairs and maintenance work over the next two decades, but the budget only allows for $17 billion of work.
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The Missouri Department of Transportation just released its 20-year plan for the state’s roads and bridges. MoDOT expects it will have about $17 billion dollars to pay for the plan. However, if it completed all the maintenance and construction suggested by Missouri citizens in a recent survey, it would need a budget of $70 billion. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the plan and how the state will prioritize its future projects.


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5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Commuter Landscape Changes In Southeast Kansas City Suburb

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Drivers navigating the heavily commuted interchange of Highways 350 and I-470 Monday morning will find a different landscape than they encountered  just before the weekend. 

Heavy concrete chippers spent the last two-and-a-half days taking down bridge decks.

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11:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

MoDOT: Making Do With Half As Much

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So imagine you’ve got a budget for home improvements. You’ve pared it down to the bare bones. You know exactly how much you can afford and you won’t spend any more than that. Now cut that budget in half. What things do you leave behind? And what are your top priorities?

This exact situation is happening to the Missouri Department of Transportation. With their budget being slashed to just about half, MoDOT is preparing to enter maintenance mode.

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9:41 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Nixon Criticizes Tax Cut Bill, DMV Funding

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Missoui Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, delivered a mixed report card Friday on the state budget and other bills passed by the Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly this week.

While he complimented lawmakers for increasing funding for K-12 schools and higher education, he also criticized them for passing legislation that would cut state income tax rates for individuals and corporations.  He told reporters that the bill would gut state revenues by more than $800 million.

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9:29 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Missouri Needs $1 Billion To Maintain Highways

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A so-called “Blue Ribbon” committee created by the Missouri House to examine the state’s transportation needs has released its report, one day before the start of this year’s legislative session.  But the House Speaker doesn’t agree with some of the options panel members endorsed.

Those options include raising either the state’s fuel tax or creating a sales tax dedicated to transportation needs.  House Speaker Tim Jones says he prefers exploring options that are “revenue neutral.”

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6:39 am
Mon June 11, 2012

I-70 Construction Detours Set To Start Mid-Week


One of the heaviest-traveled Kansas City interstate highway connections will close on Wednesday morning, June 13th, after rush hours.

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Business & Tech
4:52 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Truck Pillow Eases Blow Of Crash

Platform slung behind highway department truck of this type is credited with saving lives.

The simple science of a shock absorbing bumper undoubtedly saved drivers of two trucks from grave injuries this afternoon on I-70 some 60 miles east of Kansas City.  That’s the summation from MoDOT.

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8:33 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Kansas City Council delays voting on a daytime curfew.  MoDOT considers expanding rail service. Missouri Senators battle over education funding.  That and more news from KCUR.

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7:25 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 23, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Governor Nixon: Avoid Tuition Hikes Despite Budget Cuts
  • MODOT Looks To Private Sector Not Voters For I-70 Tolls
  • Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use

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7:30 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Cell Ban Looms For Truckers

For truckers, talking & texting while driving will soon be a thing of the past.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is swift to react to a new regulation prohibiting drivers of large commercial vehicles from using cell phones. 

The Missouri agency says the rule from the National Transportation Safety Board will be enforced effective January 3rd.  It will prohibit truck and bus drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing any mobile phone while they are  behind the wheel of the moving vehicle.

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5:58 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Road Builders Accused of Polluting

Kansas City, KS – The Environmental Protection Agency accuses MoDOT of failing to protect streams along two highway construction jobs. Inspectors allegedly found sediment was allowed to seep into a half dozen creeks and unnamed tributaries in Camden and Wayne Counties in central Missouri.

The waterways flow into Lake of the Ozarks.

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5:32 am
Mon July 19, 2010

MoDOT Posts I-470/I-435 Detours

Kansas City, MO – KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Engineers at the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the westbound I-470 interchange to westbound I-435, as well as northbound Route 71 to westbound I-435 at 3 Trails Crossing yesterday. The damage from a sink hole at that location has expanded, making it necessary to immediately close the roadway.

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5:37 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Economic Toll Taken On Missouri Bridges, Highways

Jefferson City, MO – You won't see nearly as many bulldozers and paving trucks working to fix and expand Missouri highways. The upcoming five-year construction program approved today cuts away two thirds of what was spent last year.

What was approved by Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission barely has funds to take care of what's here now.

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Bridge Business
5:04 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Drivers' Relief Nearing For Bridge Crossing

Artist's rendition of Bond Bridge before construction began. View looking to southwest from northeast shore of Missouri River.
photo courtesy of MoDot

Kansas City, Mo. – The new Missouri River bridge replacing the Paseo span will be close enough to completion to carry traffic by year's end.

MoDot will start shifting lanes of traffic from the Paseo to the Bond Bridge by fall. Highway officials say the Bond won't be finished until next year, but at least one northbound lane should be open by Christmas.

Most visible work now is installing cables hooking the highly visible pylon to the floor of the new bridge. The pylon stands more than 300 feet tall and supports the entire structure.

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