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Missouri transportation officials are warning drivers that construction projects will cause delays on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis this summer.

The state is encouraging drivers to avoid using the interstate at peak travel times on Friday and Sunday afternoons. It says delays of up to an hour are possible in some areas.

Alternate routes include U.S. 50 south of the interstate or U.S. 36 to the north.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the main cause of congestion will be work on bridges over the Blackwater River near Marshall Junction.

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  The Missouri Department of Transportation today announced Columbia-based Emory Sapp and Sons as the contractor selected to replace three bridges over Interstate 70. The $18 million project will replace bridges over Business Loop 70, Garth Avenue and Rangeline Street.

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Facing limited funding and a cross-state highway in need of improvements, the Missouri Department of Transportation is asking for suggestions from the public on ways to turn Interstate 70 into a "highway of the future."

A state lawmaker wants to increase the speed limit on Missouri's rural interstates and freeways from 70 mph.

Missouri officials have approved a list of more than 800 projects that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax for transportation on the August ballot.

The list endorsed Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission totals $4.8 billion over a decade for state roads, bridges and other modes of transportation.

Local governments also would get a share of the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax for their own transportation projects.

The state list includes 330 new or improved bridges and 3,255 miles of resurfacing on roads.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that included designating part of I-70 as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."

The governor said a popular outing during the 1880s was to drive horses and buggies to the rock for a picnic. But the rock also has been called "slave rock," which comes from a widespread belief that slave auctions occurred at the site.

Nixon says the highway designation would have elevated one part of the site's history above the others.

I-70 construction to start at Stadium Blvd.

Mar 15, 2013
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Construction of a new interchange on Interstate 70 at Stadium Boulevard will start next week.

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

Boone County is trying to find funds for a construction project to widen lanes on the Route Z bridge over Interstate 70.