The head of the state agency over roads says his department needs a large infusion of cash to address mounting needs.
Missouri has the seventh-largest network of roads to maintain but is 47th in funding, Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna said.
McKenna has vowed to make a case to lawmakers in the next few months of the need for more money. Missouri roads are financed through user fees in the form of a gas tax and costs for licensing and registration, but McKenna says those fees haven’t been adjusted for inflation in decades.
McKenna pegs the funding needs for state roads at $500 million, without considering the interstate highways. He says it’ll cost at least $200 million just to keep roads from deteriorating, but quickly steps up when other factors established through research are figured in.
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