I-70 toll road

For years now the state of Missouri’s infrastructure has been a concern for public officials, politicians and Missourians on the whole.The Missouri Department of Transportation and state legislators have come up with a way to combat the department’s shrinking budget, but it’s up to Missouri voters to approve it. Amendment 7 will be on the August ballot: it’s a three quarter cent statewide sales tax increase on everything except groceries and medicine.

Traffic fatalities rising according to MoDOT

Jun 26, 2012
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The State Department of Transportation says traffic fatalities in Missouri are increasing after falling for six straight years.

It appears unlikely that Missouri lawmakers will pass any legislation this year that would turn Interstate Highway 70 into a toll road.

Newscast for February 22, 2012

Feb 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri leads the U.S. in methamphetamine lab seizures in 2011.
  • A bipartisan commission says it's close to a Missouri Senate District map compromise.
  • A state senator wants the full chamber to debate the I-70 toll road proposal.
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A Missouri senator says he wants the full chamber to debate a measure allowing tolls on Interstate 70.

Newscast for January 27, 2012

Jan 27, 2012
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Senate passes legislation that increases the  information government agencies must put online
  • Claire McCaskill announces her $5 million re-election war chest
  • Missouri State Treasurer announces a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers

     

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The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now.