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The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area and portions of south central Missouri and the Ozarks over Christmas.

MoDOT to complete bridge campaign ahead of schedule

Oct 26, 2012
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The largest bridge rebuilding program in Missouri’s history will soon be finished more than a year ahead of schedule.

MoDOT watches closely for careless drivers

Oct 15, 2012

This week Missouri law enforcement will be paying more attention to careless drivers as part of MoDOT’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

The event aims to raise awareness about safety issues when dealing with aggressive drivers and when driving near large trucks.

Missouri drivers may notice some ominous messages along the state's roadsides.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun using its electronic message signs along highways to report the number of people who have died on the state's roads so far this year. The messages also include the percentage of those killed who were not wearing seat belts.

The new safety campaign comes as Missouri has seen a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year — an unwelcome reversal after six years of declining fatality figures.

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Despite the extremely dry and hot conditions that have created infrastructure problems elsewhere, Missouri Department of Transportation officials say the state roads are holding up well.      

Move over for MoDOT workers -- it's the law

Jul 10, 2012
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Governor Jay Nixon has been on a signing spree this week, signing into law close to 30 bills in the past two days. Among them, a law requiring highway drivers to move over when passing parked MoDOT vehicles.

Two familiar names in St. Louis construction have won a Missouri Department of Transportation contract to rebuild the Daniel Boone Bridge, which carries Interstate 64 across the Missouri River at Chesterfield.

Alberici Enterprises and Walsh Construction will start on the $125 million project in early 2013. The construction portion of the contract totals $111 million.

MoDOT director Kevin Keith called it a great day for his department and the region, saying St. Louis and St. Charles counties are getting a lot from the contract.

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Missouri drivers may notice a change in the landscape along roadways and medians later this summer — more grass.

MoDOT to crack down on youth impaired driving

May 3, 2012

The Missouri Department of Transportation is cracking down on youth impaired driving.

Jefferson City memorial airport gets funding

Mar 23, 2012
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The Jefferson City memorial Airport has received a grant that will offset the operating costs and pay for the resurfacing of the main runway.

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State Senator Bill Stouffer says Interstate 70 is 60 years old, making it the oldest interstate in the nation. But it was only built with an intended 20-year lifespan.

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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.

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. 

Big trucks on small roads

Jan 25, 2012
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Cattlemen in Missouri are backing a bill in the House that would increase weight limits for hauling livestock on the state's highways. But department of transportation engineers worry heavier trucks would damage already-strained rural roads.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is making changes that will limit the amount of time commercial truck drivers can spend on the road.

Newscast for November 10, 2011

Nov 10, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley announces his decision to drop out of the 2012 lieutenant governor's race.
  • MODOT says it will support legislation to turn I-70 into a toll road.
  • The Jefferson City Council places a sales tax increase measure on the February 2012 ballot.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court decides whether it should overturn a controversial ethics bill.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will support legislation to turn Interstate 70 into a toll road.

MoDOT Rail Plan Up for Public Comment

Oct 26, 2011

MoDOT officials are meeting with community leaders and people from several mid-Missouri communities to get public input on the state’s freight and passenger rail plan.

A state representative is pushing the Missouri Department of Transportation to complete what he says is an unfinished project. A new stretch of US Highway 63 opening near Kirksville Wednesday includes a two-way stop.

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