MoDOT Releases Draft Of Long-Range Transportation Plan

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The Missouri Department of Transportation released a draft of its long-range transportation plan that shows a significant drop in revenue. According to the draft, funding for road and bridge construction has decreased from $1.3 billion in 2009 to $746 million in 2013 — and it is projected to dip to $425 million by 2019.

Missouri’s gas tax has not been raised since 1992, and the cost of highway construction has doubled and tripled in some areas. MoDOT district engineer Mark Shelton said more than 12,000 public comments were submitted during public hearings, proposing a total of about $70 billion in projects. MoDOT’s forecasted budget to work on projects over the next 20 years is $17 billion.

MoDOT has reduced staff by 1,200 employees, or 18 percent, but the transportation agency can’t keep cutting to save enough money “to deliver what Missourians are telling us what they want,” Shelton said. The next step is MoDOT will submit the draft to a 45- or 60-day public-review period.

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