JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Every year, the Missouri Department of Transportation releases its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which lists all transportation projects planned by state, metropolitan and regional planning agencies for a five-year period.
This year, the 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as the "STIP," was approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on July 9, 2013.
"With help from our planning partners, we have determined what projects are priorities over the next five years," said MoDOT Director Dave Nichols. "Projects listed in the STIP represent our commitments to the state of Missouri, and the STIP puts them on a schedule for completion."
Several years ago, the STIP contained over a billion dollars' worth of new road and bridge construction projects each year, generating jobs, boosting the economy and expanding the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the state and the country.
A dramatic reduction in transportation funding, however, makes today's STIP look very different.
"Roadway resurfacing, preventative maintenance, and rehabilitation projects make up the majority of the $700 million program," said Nichols. "This is the kind of work that will maintain the existing transportation system for a while, but it won't last forever."
While $700 million may sound like a lot of money, it is barely enough to take care of Missouri's roads and bridges.
"We are committed to taking care of our system for as long as we can with the resources we have," said Nichols. "But we face big challenges because we are dependent on fuel taxes as a revenue source, and that resource is dwindling as cars get more fuel efficient and people drive less as a result of high gas prices."
The 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state, metropolitan and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018). The program is available on MoDOT's web site, www.modot.org, and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state.
MoDOT is also engaged in a long-term planning effort called "On the Move." The department is working through the summer to gather direction and insight from Missourians on major transportation issues and priorities. Where the STIP represents specific obligations for transportation over a five-year period, On the Move will focus on Missouri's transportation direction and priorities for the next 20 years. Learn more about On the Move at www.missourionthemove.org.