modot http://kbia.org en MoDot seeks comment on transportation tax in run-up to August primary http://kbia.org/post/modot-seeks-comment-transportation-tax-run-august-primary <p>MoDOT is holding public comment sessions to gather feedback on a proposed transportation tax in Missouri.</p><p>The proposed Amendment 7 introduces a three-quarter cent sales tax that would fund transportation projects over a 10 year time period from 2015 to 2025. Voters will decide on the August fifth primary election ballot.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:08:51 +0000 Shelby Mann 55049 at http://kbia.org MoDot seeks comment on transportation tax in run-up to August primary Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7 http://kbia.org/post/transportation-infrastructure-and-amendment-7 <p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:55:52 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 54628 at http://kbia.org Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7 Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote http://kbia.org/post/agencies-scramble-decide-projects-early-transportation-tax-vote If you had $1.49 billion for transportation projects, how would you spend it? Would you repair highways? Bolster mass transit service? Enhance bike lanes?<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Policymakers have until the end of the month to decide which transportation projects would be funded if a sales tax increase passes in August." data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201111/I70ColumbiaKOMUNewsFlickr.jpg" alt="" /><p>This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:26:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 53900 at http://kbia.org Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/repairs-interrupt-amtrak-runs-missouri <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Damage to railroad tracks caused by last week's flash flooding in west-central Missouri is forcing changes in Amtrak passenger service.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:16:29 +0000 The Associated Press 50987 at http://kbia.org Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri MoDOT to study plans for better freight movement http://kbia.org/post/modot-study-plans-better-freight-movement <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;transportation officials are taking a closer look at how&nbsp;<font color="red">freight</font>&nbsp;can be moved more efficiently across the state by trucks, barges, planes and trains.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:16:02 +0000 Associated Press 47263 at http://kbia.org MoDOT to study plans for better freight movement Potential government shutdown wouldn't affect most Missouri programs and agencies http://kbia.org/post/potential-government-shutdown-wouldnt-affect-most-missouri-programs-and-agencies <p>Even with a potential federal government shutdown next week, some of Missouri’s programs and agencies will continue to operate as usual.</p><p>Emily Cain, the press secretary for the federal Office of Management and Budget, said that the Obama administration believes that a lapse in appropriations will not occur.</p><p>In addition, she said that the administration is “willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical government operations.”</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:51:21 +0000 Rexly Penaflorida 41037 at http://kbia.org Potential government shutdown wouldn't affect most Missouri programs and agencies I-44, US-63 reopen, but some Missouri roads still closed due to flood http://kbia.org/post/i-44-us-63-reopen-some-missouri-roads-still-closed-due-flood <p>The Missouri Department of Transportation <a href="http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/">has begun re-opening</a> many Mid-Missouri roads and highways that were closed due to flooding, but some county roads are still affected, particularly those near the Osage River.</p><p>MODOT reopened the 14 mile stretch of I-44 near Jerome southwest of Rolla Thursday morning, which had been closed for nearly 24 hours. Highway 63 near Westphalia was also closed Wednesday afternoon due to water on the road, but that route was also re-opened Thursday morning. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:04:32 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Associated Press 38488 at http://kbia.org I-44, US-63 reopen, but some Missouri roads still closed due to flood Ridership on Mo. River Runner trains increases http://kbia.org/post/ridership-mo-river-runner-trains-increases <p>Ridership on Amtrak's Missouri River Runner passenger trains between Kansas City and St. Louis has increased for the sixth straight year.</p><p>MoDOT says nearly 197,000 passengers rode the train in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's an increase of roughly 5,000 riders from the previous year.</p><p>The increase means more revenue from tickets, which reduces the financial support required from the state. Ticket revenue was $5.4 million in the latest fiscal year, compared with $5 million the previous year.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:25:14 +0000 Associated Press 38263 at http://kbia.org Ridership on Mo. River Runner trains increases Why Missouri's infrastructure gets poor grades http://kbia.org/post/why-missouris-infrastructure-gets-poor-grades <p></p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Watch the show and join the conversation on the&nbsp;<a href="http://intersectkbia.weebly.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Intersection website.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:51:42 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 35624 at http://kbia.org Why Missouri's infrastructure gets poor grades MoDOT receives grant for new road treatment http://kbia.org/post/modot-receives-grant-new-road-treatment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri has received a federal grant to test a new type of road treatment intended to keep cars from slipping off highways when it rains or snows.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will apply the "high friction surface treatment" to a pair of curves on U.S. 54 and Missouri 179 in Jefferson City.</p><p>If the agency has enough money, it may also apply the treatment at two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:56:01 +0000 Associated Press 35182 at http://kbia.org MoDOT receives grant for new road treatment MODOT will use grant on "dangerous" curves in Jefferson City http://kbia.org/post/modot-will-use-grant-dangerous-curves-jefferson-city <p></p><p>Missouri is one of 13 states that will get federal grant money to improve road conditions.</p><p>As a part of the Everyday Counts initiative Missouri was granted $150,000 to implement new road technology to improve road safety. Travis Koestner, Assistant District Engineer at Missouri Department of Transportation, says this money will go towards a road re-surfacing project using High Friction Surface Treatment.&nbsp; Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:41:15 +0000 Genevieve Reaume 34946 at http://kbia.org MODOT will use grant on "dangerous" curves in Jefferson City Missouri S&T wants to use drones to inspect bridges http://kbia.org/post/missouri-st-wants-use-drones-inspect-bridges <p>As avid explorers of drone technology ourselves, we were excited to hear about Missouri S&amp;T's <a href="http://news.mst.edu/2013/05/st-professors-multicopter-improves-structure-monitoring/">experiments using drones</a> to aid in bridge inspection. Full Disclosure: I run the <a href="http://www.missouridronejournalism.com/">Missouri Drone Journalism Program</a>, which is no stranger to controversy.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:21:30 +0000 Scott Pham 34781 at http://kbia.org Missouri S&T wants to use drones to inspect bridges Newscast for May 31, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-may-31-2013 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Mo. report finds racial disparity in traffic stops</li><li>MoDOT names new chief engineer</li><li>Drivers asked to be cautious due to heavy rainfall Fri, 31 May 2013 22:38:18 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 34685 at http://kbia.org MoDOT names new chief engineer http://kbia.org/post/modot-names-new-chief-engineer <p>The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new chief engineer.</p><p>Transportation director Dave Nichols has tapped Ed Hassinger for the post. Hassinger was the department's top engineer for the St. Louis region for the last 12 years. He has been with the department for almost 30 years. Fri, 31 May 2013 22:09:36 +0000 Associated Press 34683 at http://kbia.org MoDOT names new chief engineer What's wrong with bridges in Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/whats-wrong-bridges-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The collapse of </span><a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/collapsed-bridge-was-not-structurally-deficient" style="line-height: 1.5;">a county highway bridge</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in southeast Missouri on Saturday was almost certainly not due to structural defects. And the fact that this collapse came on the heels of </span><a href="http://www.google.com/news/url?sr=1&amp;ct2=us%2F0_0_s_0_1_a&amp;sa=t&amp;usg=AFQjCNEDm-i1y7TKKWGo4tRIvoIuXrzKDQ&amp;cid=43982071238732&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8301-201_162-57586034%2Fbridge-collapse-in-washington-state-blamed-on-tractor-trailer%2F&amp;ei=Q96fUdDrC46utweyRw&amp;sig2=4HKbwdSS4N06NPM6fw0vag&amp;rt=HOMEPAGE&amp;vm=STANDARD&amp;bvm=section&amp;did=-7696046024355113119&amp;ssid=h" style="line-height: 1.5;">a similar disaster in Washington state</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is unfortunate but not necessarily related. Yet it's just a plain fact that bridges in Missouri are aging rapidly and are in serious need of repair.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Scott Pham 34487 at http://kbia.org What's wrong with bridges in Missouri? Engineers give Missouri infrastructure a C- http://kbia.org/post/engineers-give-missouri-infrastructure-c <p></p><p>Civil engineers say Missouri's infrastructure gets only a C-minus.</p><p>The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the letter grade Wednesday. It is part of a report card that evaluated the state's aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, inland waterways, levees, railroads, roads, schools and wastewater. Each sub-category also received a grade. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:01:14 +0000 Associated Press 34201 at http://kbia.org Engineers give Missouri infrastructure a C- 1 cent sales tax fails to make it through Mo. legislature http://kbia.org/post/1-cent-sales-tax-fails-make-it-through-mo-legislature <p></p><p>A proposed 1-cent sales tax for transportation has stalled in the Missouri Legislature.</p><p>The sales tax proposal was projected to generate nearly $8 billion over a decade for state highways, local roads and other modes of transportation such as railroads, airports, mass transit and river ports. Cities and counties would each get 5 percent of the revenues, with the rest going to state projects. Voters would have had to approve the tax in 2014 to enact the proposal. Fri, 17 May 2013 21:25:06 +0000 Associated Press 33961 at http://kbia.org 1 cent sales tax fails to make it through Mo. legislature 'Pothole Patrol' tackles Spring wear on central Mo. roadways http://kbia.org/post/pothole-patrol-tackles-spring-wear-central-mo-roadways <p></p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that it's filled more than 10,000 potholes in central Missouri in the past month, as part 0f its "Missouri Pothole Patrol" program to address problems on roadways produced by the spring thawing.&nbsp; MoDot launched the pothole patrol in mid-march in an effort to fix Missouri potholes as soon as possible.&nbsp;</p><p>The program was in effect from March 18<sup>th</sup> to April 15<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Mo-Dot’s Sally Oxenhandler says that even though the department filled over ten thousand potholes, there is still work to be done.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:10:49 +0000 sam hustis 33117 at http://kbia.org 'Pothole Patrol' tackles Spring wear on central Mo. roadways With 'No More Trash Bash' MoDOT stresses roadway cleanup efforts http://kbia.org/post/no-more-trash-bash-modot-stresses-roadway-cleanup-efforts <p>For Earth Day,&nbsp; the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted its 11th annual “No MOre Trash! Bash. Department employees volunteered to pick up litter and debris along a stretch of Route 94 in Callaway "County. &nbsp;This year nine people showed up to spend a few off-the-clock hours taking care of Missouri’s roads.&nbsp;</p><p>The event is a way for MoDOT to highlight their Adopt-a-Highway program, where anyone can volunteer to maintain a stretch of roadway. District engineer David Silvester says he hopes raising awareness of the program will also get more volunteers.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:51:48 +0000 evan townsend 32490 at http://kbia.org With 'No More Trash Bash' MoDOT stresses roadway cleanup efforts MoDOT issues travel advisory ahead of winter storm http://kbia.org/post/modot-issues-travel-advisory-ahead-winter-storm <p>The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for the weekend because of anticipated snowfalls of up to three inches per hour that could make driving nearly impossible at times.</p><p>Rain is expected to turn to snow Saturday afternoon across the state, posing a risk for travelers because of the rate of snowfall and lack of visibility. The storm is expected to continue until about noon Sunday in the western part of Missouri and taper off across the state throughout the day.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:00:53 +0000 Associated Press 30872 at http://kbia.org MoDOT issues travel advisory ahead of winter storm Missouri's Department of Transportation Director takes medical leave, will retire http://kbia.org/post/missouris-department-transportation-director-takes-medical-leave-will-retire <p>The director of Missouri's Department of Transportation is taking a medical leave of absence and plans to resign his post.</p><p>The department announced Thursday that Kevin Keith's leave is effective immediately and he will resign July 1.</p><p>Chief engineer David Nichols will serve as interim director until the state Highways and Transportation Commission appoints a new director. Commission chairman Joe Carmichael says Nichols will remain interim director for at least one year.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:14:13 +0000 Associated Press 30788 at http://kbia.org Missouri's Department of Transportation Director takes medical leave, will retire Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate http://kbia.org/post/proposed-1-cent-sales-tax-transportation-needs-filed-mo-senate <font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&#38;BillID=17866209">Legislation has been filed</a> in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.</font></font><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.&#160; It’s co-sponsored by&#160;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem06.htm">State Senator Mike Kehoe</a> (R, Jefferson City).&#160; He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:08:43 +0000 editor 28402 at http://kbia.org Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate Newscast for December 27, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-december-27-2012 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Traffic fatalities up in 2012 according to MoDOT</li><li>Republicans to tackle workers' compensation</li><li>MU researcher awarded National Medal of Science</li></ul> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:10:21 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 26513 at http://kbia.org MoDOT reports slight increase in traffic fatalities for 2012 http://kbia.org/post/modot-reports-slight-increase-traffic-fatalities-2012 <p>The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a slight increase in traffic fatalities for the year 2012 – that’s expected to be about a 3 percent increase from last year.</p><p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:55:24 +0000 Janet Saidi 26509 at http://kbia.org MoDOT reports slight increase in traffic fatalities for 2012 Southeast Mo. drivers urged to stay off roads http://kbia.org/post/southeast-mo-drivers-urged-stay-roads <p></p><p>Officials are discouraging travel in southeastern Missouri until crews clear the roads from what was expected to be heavy snowfall with blizzard conditions.</p><p>The National Weather Service placed 13 counties from the Bootheel to north of Cape Girardeau under a blizzard warning from Tuesday night to midday today. Total accumulations were expected to range from three inches in the Bootheel to 12 inches farther north.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:14:11 +0000 Associated Press & associa 26426 at http://kbia.org Southeast Mo. drivers urged to stay off roads MoDOT readies crews for winter storm http://kbia.org/post/modot-readies-crews-winter-storm <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=MOZ064&amp;warncounty=MOC510&amp;firewxzone=MOZ064&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Special+Weather+Statement">winter storm</a> that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area and portions of south central Missouri and the Ozarks over Christmas.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:24:35 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 26376 at http://kbia.org MoDOT readies crews for winter storm MoDOT to complete bridge campaign ahead of schedule http://kbia.org/post/modot-complete-bridge-campaign-ahead-schedule <p></p><p>The largest bridge rebuilding program in Missouri’s history will soon be finished more than a year ahead of schedule.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:35:23 +0000 Joe Proszek 23498 at http://kbia.org MoDOT to complete bridge campaign ahead of schedule MoDOT watches closely for careless drivers http://kbia.org/post/modot-watches-closely-careless-drivers <p>This week Missouri law enforcement will be paying more attention to careless drivers as part of MoDOT’s <a href="http://www.modot.org/newsandinfo/District0Release.shtml?action=displaySSI&amp;newsId=130139" target="_blank">Operation Safe Driver Week</a>.</p><p>The event aims to raise awareness about safety issues when dealing with aggressive drivers and when driving near large trucks.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:49:54 +0000 Sydney Miller 22828 at http://kbia.org MoDOT watches closely for careless drivers MoDOT posting fatality figures on message boards http://kbia.org/post/modot-posting-fatality-figures-message-boards <p>Missouri drivers may notice some ominous messages along the state&#39;s roadsides.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun using its electronic message signs along highways to report the number of people who have died on the state&#39;s roads so far this year. The messages also include the percentage of those killed who were not wearing seat belts.</p><p>The new safety campaign comes as Missouri has seen a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year &mdash; an unwelcome reversal after six years of declining fatality figures.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:50:47 +0000 Associated Press 18675 at http://kbia.org MoDOT posting fatality figures on message boards Missouri roads holding up under extreme conditions, says MODOT http://kbia.org/post/missouri-roads-holding-under-extreme-conditions-says-modot <p>Despite the extremely dry and hot conditions that have created infrastructure problems elsewhere, Missouri Department of Transportation officials say the state roads are holding up well.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:09:38 +0000 Matt Evans 18268 at http://kbia.org Missouri roads holding up under extreme conditions, says MODOT