Missouri lawmakers fear looming infrastructure crisis

Missouri may be heading toward an infrastructure crisis.

That’s what some state lawmakers are saying if Missouri’s legislature can’t figure out a way to generate new revenue in the wake of President Donald Trump’s federal transportation plan, which looks to push much of the cost of construction onto states.

The proposal would allocate $200 billion for federal infrastructure spending, half of which would be available to states in the form of matching grants.

But with Missouri already facing serious shortfalls in transportation funding, some lawmakers think the new proposal will only amplify the state’s larger infrastructure woes by making it more difficult to attract federal dollars for future projects.

For years, state lawmakers have been complaining about Missouri’s insufficient transportation funding.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri currently requires an additional $825 million to pay for the state’s high-priority transportation needs, like updating highways and repairing roads and bridges. Out of that, at least $170 million would be needed just to keep the state’s roads as they are right now.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Columbia Missourian

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