MoDOT gives rural areas bigger share

| 1/20/2003

Missouri’s rural areas will get a slightly larger piece of the road and bridge funding pie thanks to a new policy adopted Jan. 10 by the Missouri State Highways Transportation Commission, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported.

The new plan, which won’t take full effect until mid-2006, substitutes a 1998 policy that automatically allocated half of the road and bridge budget for Kansas City and St. Louis area projects and the leftovers for the rest of the state to divide.

The change means rural Missouri, where the state’s worst roads and bridges are located, will share 52 percent of highway funds, according to the newspaper. The two biggest urban regions will split 48 percent.

Projects MoDOT has already committed to through mid-2006 under the old policy will remain unchanged.