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July 09, 2014 11:31 AM
Regional Transportation Priorities Included in Finalized List

Lee's Summit, Mo. - When Missourians head to the polls on Aug. 5, they will know exactly what their tax dollars will bring to the state if they approve Constitutional Amendment 7. That's because the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today approved a list of hundreds of transportation projects that represents the commission's commitment to Missourians who want to invest in the state's transportation future.

"This list is the culmination of years of work, with collaboration from local transportation planners as well as input from thousands of citizens from across the state," said Commission Chair Stephen Miller. "It represents a substantial investment in Missouri's transportation infrastructure - but also means safer roads, more jobs, and a better economy."

The list includes $4.8 billion in transportation projects. While the majority of work focuses on Missouri's roads and bridges, it also incorporates other modes of transportation.

"We will change the landscape in the Kansas City Region within a decade with the almost $900 million worth of projects on this list," said Kansas City District Engineer Dan Niec. "All the projects reflect what Missourians told us they want done: taking care of the transportation system, keeping travelers safe, investing in projects that spur economic growth, creating jobs and giving Missourians better transportation choices, and we've worked extensively with our transportation partners and others to make our potential transportation dollars stretch even further by leveraging with local funds."

Ultimately, the delivery of projects outlined in this priorities list will go a long way toward fixing roads and bridges where Missouri's system is already in bad condition. The end result of this work would affect Missourians in every region of the state and help meet the goals set forth in last year's long range transportation plan.

The 48 projects in the Kansas City Region will make improvements in all nine counties and include urban and rural road and bridge upgrades as well as significant transit investment projects, bicycle/pedestrian and freight transportation improvements. Just a few of the specific projects include:

  • replacing the Route 169 Broadway Bridge over the Missouri River in Kansas City,
  • adding lanes and improving bridges on I-435 from Kansas to I-49,
  • adding lanes to I-70 from the Blue Ridge Cut Off to I-470 in Kansas City,
  • providing a fixed funding contribution for the Kansas City Streetcar, and
  • extending the Katy Trail into Kansas City.    

The entire transportation improvement list and information about the amendment are available at www.modot.org/movingforward. View projects by district by clicking on the online map showing each MoDOT region.

On Aug. 5, Missouri voters will decide on Amendment 7, a ballot measure to temporarily raise Missouri's sales tax by ¾ of a cent. All proceeds from the 10-year tax would go toward much-needed transportation improvements across the state. The amendment's provisions include the creation of a project list prior to the election so Missourians can see what their tax dollars would fund.

For more information, visit www.modot.org/movingforward or contact MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

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