MoDOT Updates List Of Projects For Transportation Tax

Photo Courtesy of Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Courtesy of Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

The Missouri Department of Transportation has revised its list of projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase on the August ballot. The costliest new provisions would add $124 million in state funding for streetcar lines in Kansas City and allocate $24 million to help purchase a former Rock Island Rail corridor near Kansas City for use as a recreation trail.

The revisions are far less than the $775.1 million that would go toward three projects  improving Interstate 70, one of which will use $500 million to widen the highway to six lanes between Independence and Wentzville.

If approved, the ballot measure will enact a sales tax of three-quarters of one percent for the next ten years, adding an estimated $480 million annually for state transportation projects and $54 million yearly for local governments.

Increases in gas taxes would be prohibited by the measure.

Other highways that would see improvements if the ballot measure is approved by voters on Aug. 4 are U.S. 63 ($93 million), U.S. 50 ($91.5 million), Interstate 435 ($81.1 million) and U.S. 169 ($73.8 million).

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KSDK


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