Transportation Commission recently gave final approval to spend $800 million on
a series of road projects, the agency announced Jan. 14.
in the list is one of the most clogged interstate intersections in the state.
projects are all being funded thanks to the state’s Constitution Amendment No. 3, which requires
“all revenues from the existing motor vehicle fuel tax (less collection costs)
be used only for state and local highways, roads and bridges.” The amendment
also calls for the use of all other vehicle taxes and fees to pay off the
state’s highway bonds.
More than 78 percent of the state’s
voters approved the measure Nov. 2, 2004, according to figures from the
Missouri Secretary of State’s office.
OOIDA has long opposed spending fuel
taxes and vehicle fees for non-highway purposes.
approved projects include:
congestion relief work on the Grandview Triangle in Kansas City, MO – the
intersection of U.S. 71, Interstate 470 and Interstate 435;
work to turn U.S. 61 into a four-lane highway in northeast Missouri; and
the four-lane U.S. 71 corridor south of Joplin, MO.
Grandview Triangle is a massive tangle in the Kansas City area, and is in the
middle of a reconstruction project designed to relieve congestion problems.
The Transportation Commission also
approved spending $360 million on the “Smoother, Safer, Sooner” program. That
money will pay for 177 projects that include adding smoother pavement to 2,200
miles of highways, improving road markings and adding other safety improvements.
The work will also include several bridge projects.
first phase of the Smoother, Safer, Sooner program is scheduled for completion
in three years.