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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri transportation projects approved for tax

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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Intersection
5:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7

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.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Transportation tax could widen I-70 to three lanes if approved

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Missouri highway officials are proposing to widen Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City if voters approve a transportation sales tax.

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Science and Technology
2:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Missouri tests sonic signals to alert distracted drivers [VIDEO]

Scott Campbell, an 8-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Transportation, was hit by a distracted driver in a pickup truck while on the job in April 2014.
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As Wednesday’s rush hour dies down on Interstate 70, Scott Campbell is merging onto the highway.

“Off like a herd of turtles,” he says.

Campbell is with Missouri’s Department of Transportation and he’s spending the night here with the maintenance team to repaint the yellow stripe in the fast lane. The caravan of trucks, with mounted signs, flashing arrows and bright lights, spreads out for more than a mile creeping along at 10 miles per hour. Even all these emblazoned alerts didn’t protect Campbell when was struck by a pickup on the job two weeks ago.

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Business
5:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri

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  Damage to railroad tracks caused by last week's flash flooding in west-central Missouri is forcing changes in Amtrak passenger service.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that some passengers on Amtrak's Missouri River Runner between Kansas City and St. Louis will travel by bus instead of train this week.

Heavy rain last Thursday damaged a section of track east of Warrensburg. Union Pacific is doing repairs that require afternoon closings through Friday.

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Agriculture
7:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mo. government agencies encourage statewide clean-up

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Two Missouri agencies are encouraging residents to spend April cleaning up the state's roadsides, parks, rivers and trails as part of the sixth annual "trash bash."

Missouri's Conservation and Transportation departments are sponsoring the event, which also includes educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Organizers say programs like the trash bash help offset the cost of cleaning up litter and let the two agencies devote resources to other priorities.

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Politics
8:47 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commission Adopts 20-Year Plan, Still Can't Afford It

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Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:31 am

A long-range plan that transportation officials admit they can't afford was adopted Tuesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

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Business
8:16 am
Tue January 28, 2014

MoDOT to study plans for better freight movement

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Missouri transportation officials are taking a closer look at how freight can be moved more efficiently across the state by trucks, barges, planes and trains.

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Politics
8:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Safety project proposes barrier along College Ave.

The intersection of College Avenue and Rosemary Lane in Columbia, Mo., is one area that would be blocked by the proposed barrier.
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College Avenue, a four-lane highway on the east boundary of the MU campus, may be getting a new look in the near future.

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Business
7:08 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Officials to open new Mo. rail bridge

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A new railroad bridge east of Missouri's capital city is opening with hopes of clearing the final major bottleneck for train traffic between St. Louis and Jefferson City.

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Business
8:23 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Airports contribute $11 billion to Missouri's economy

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The 108 airports in Missouri contributed $11 billion to Missouri’s economy, with $3.1 billion of that coming from 100,621 jobs, according to a study released by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The study looked at direct impact money, which includes the salaries of airport workers, ticket revenue and contractors hired for construction. In addition to the direct impact, there is indirect impact money that includes hotel room and rental car sales.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

MODOT will use grant on "dangerous" curves in Jefferson City

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Missouri is one of 13 states that will get federal grant money to improve road conditions.

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. 

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Politics
5:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Engineers give Missouri infrastructure a C-

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Civil engineers say Missouri's infrastructure gets only a C-minus.

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.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

1 cent sales tax fails to make it through Mo. legislature

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A proposed 1-cent sales tax for transportation has stalled in the Missouri Legislature.

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.

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Weather
4:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Flooding causes road closures in mid-Missouri

Old road closure signs
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  Flooding from thunder storms has caused a large number of road closures in mid-Missouri, Thursday.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Missouri's Department of Transportation Director takes medical leave, will retire

The director of Missouri's Department of Transportation is taking a medical leave of absence and plans to resign his post.

The department announced Thursday that Kevin Keith's leave is effective immediately and he will resign July 1.

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.

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Weather
7:13 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Officials stress caution on roads on New Year's Eve

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The Columbia Public Works department says, based on local forecasts for winter weather, the department decided to start pre-treating roadways this morning.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:24 am
Fri December 14, 2012

New I-49 unveiled in SW Missouri

An I-49 mural made by students at Joplin East Middle School
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1,300 new signs now line the highway formally known as 71, following Wednesday’s unveiling of Interstate 49 between Kansas City and Pineville.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:47 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Traffic fatalities rising according to MoDOT

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

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Business
10:22 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Toll road talk at MODOT panel in Columbia

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Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith says making I-70 a toll road would allow for expansion of the interstate and would be a first for Missouri.

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