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Southwest District Office 417.895.7600

July 09, 2014 11:40 AM
Regional Transportation Priorities Included in Finalized List

SPRINGFIELD, 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.

Becky Baltz, District Engineer stated, "Collaboration with local communities has provided us with a diverse list of projects in the Southwest District. Many transportation needs will be addressed, providing the key infrastructure for new and expanding businesses, while also enhancing safety for every Missourian in their daily travels."

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.

In addition to upgrading major roadways like Route 60, Route 65, I-249 and completing the last five miles of I-49 in Missouri, the Southwest District would also:-

Resurface over 600 miles of roadway;

Replace or rehabilitate over 30 bridges;

Make improvements to five airports (Springfield, Joplin, Monett, Neosho and Clinton);

Improve sidewalks and trails in 28 locations;

Make safety improvements to straighten curves and construct railroad grade separations;

Expand OATS service in all 21 counties in the District.

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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