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A new report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released this week said 23 states spent more than a combined $1 billion to combat winter weather from October 2014-April 2015.

Roads in need of repair and expansion cost the average St. Louis-area driver $1,511 a year from car accidents, maintenance needs and wasted gas, according to a new report released Thursday by private transportation research group TRIP.

The report estimates that the average St. Louis driver spends 31 hours a year stuck in traffic and that almost 30 percent of the major roads in the St. Louis area need to be reconstructed because they’ve deteriorated beyond the scope of surface-level repair.

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A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure. 

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Missouri lawmakers are proposing a 2-cent gas tax increase as a step toward easing a projected funding shortfall that officials warn could result in the deterioration of many roads and bridges.

Similar proposals considered Tuesday by the full Senate and by a House committee would raise the state's 17-cent fuel tax to 19 cents a gallon in January 2016.

Off the Clock: The Sassy I-70 Signs and the Woman Responsible for Them

Apr 10, 2015
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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment, KBIA’s Abigail Keel chats with Linda Wilson Horn, the woman who writes the sassy messages on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Dynamic Message signs along I-70. 

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Retiring Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols says that a lack of funding from the state legislature will hurt both urban and rural roads throughout the state in the next fiscal year.

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  One of the ten worst bridges in the state is in Boone County, according to a Washington, D.C., based organization that crunches data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

MoDOT to close Bagnell Dam for repairs next week

Apr 3, 2015
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    The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks to fix erosion damage next week. Workers will interrupt the traffic on the dam between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. from April 6 thru April 10.   MoDOT estimates the improvements will cost around $16 thousand.  

Bob Lynch, Area Engineer, said the repairs will address the concrete of the dam.

An audit released Thursday takes issue with some spending decisions made by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will have a new, but familiar face, as its director.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation completed designs for permanent repairs to a crack found in a bridge near Boonville today.

District Bridge Engineer Alan Trampe said crews found a crack on Mar. 16 in one of the steel beams under one lane of the bridge. Trampe said the crack was roughly three-inches long.

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Missouri's transportation director says a lane closure on an Interstate 70 bridge is one symptom of problems arising from a funding shortfall.

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The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill that will increase the maximum weight limits for trucks carrying livestock across state highways.

Today Paul Pepper chats with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about "Too Many Roads and Bridges; Too Little Funding." Do you have an opinion? MoDOT will be at an informational session TODAY at noon at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. At [4:08] JONI WEINBAUM and LAURA MORRIS display their finest southern hospitality while talking about Capital City Players' latest production, "Southern Hospitality!" It opens this Friday in Jefferson City. February 17, 2015

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Missouri's director of transportation Dave Nichols will step down at the beginning of May.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is using a nearly $1 million federal grant to apply a surface treatment that is designed to reduce stopping distance and loss of control.

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Jurors have awarded $850,000 to a woman who alleged she was subjected to age and sex discrimination by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT plans bridge replacements

Sep 12, 2014
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MoDOT is spending 115,000 dollars to aerial map Interstate 70 in Columbia to collect data for a bridge project. Central District Design Engineer Natalie Roark says the money for the project is designated in its budget.

“The money for performing the work has been identified in the statewide transportation improvement plan for completing the preliminary design work on the project, so it’s both federal and state transportation dollars,” Roark said.

Missouri transportation leaders are looking to regroup following voters' overwhelming rejection of a proposed  sales tax to fund road and bridge improvements on Tuesday.

Despite supporters spending millions, the measure lost by roughly 58 percent to 41 percent. And it lost across the state -- in St. Louis, St. Louis County, the Kansas City area and even in rural parts of the state. In St. Louis and St. Louis County, the measure went down by a 2-to-1 margin.

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MoDOT is holding public comment sessions to gather feedback on a proposed transportation tax in Missouri.

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.

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.

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?

This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Louis region’s political leaders are considering how to divide the potential proceeds from a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation. These decisions could have a transformative impact on how St. Louis area residents get around.

But here’s the twist: You have to make this decision very, very quickly.

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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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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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Even with a potential federal government shutdown next week, some of Missouri’s programs and agencies will continue to operate as usual.

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.

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.”

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has begun re-opening 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.

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.

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Ridership on Amtrak's Missouri River Runner passenger trains between Kansas City and St. Louis has increased for the sixth straight year.

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.

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.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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  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.

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.

If the agency has enough money, it may also apply the treatment at two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.

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