Blue Ribbon transportation committee meets

Jul 10, 2012

A panel created by the Missouri House to review the state's transportation needs met Monday afternoon in Columbia.

Most of the testimony heard by the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs centered on improving the state's highways, and whether those improvements should include a toll road -- be it I-70 or another major highway.  Bob Gilbert with the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce told the panel that the state should also upgrade U-S Highway 50.

"We believe in Jefferson City that U-S 50 is a great pressure relief corridor paralleling I-70. An investment in U-S 50 first before I-70 construction would occur would be a wise decision," said Gilbert.

The panel will make recommendations on crafting bills for next year's legislative session.