MoDOT receives $1 million grant for truck parking on I-70

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, November 01, 2011

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced it has received a $1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to build new truck parking spaces along the I-70 corridor.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer told Land Line that he is pleased with MoDOT’s commitment to pursuing avenues to build more truck parking spaces for drivers. 

“The struggle to find safe, convenient places to park is a daily challenge, and one that’s become even more daunting for truckers in recent years,” Spencer said. “We are pleased that Missouri officials and the Missouri Department of Transportation are pursuing all available avenues to help address this problem.”

DeAnne Rickabaugh of MoDOT told Land Line that the transportation department is seeking input from the transportation industry to help “choose the location of additional spaces.”

Spencer said that OOIDA members who frequent I-70 should weigh in on this issue by sharing possible site suggestions with MoDOT officials.

Rickabaugh said there are currently 207 dedicated truck parking spaces along I-70. She said the department is considering expanding “existing facilities or build entirely new truck parking.”

“Improving the truck parking situation in Missouri is important,” Rickabaugh said. “If our state is to continue to take advantage of all the geographical and industrial features that make it a complete, international freight hub, we have to pay attention to details. Helping professional drivers find healthy, convenient places to rest is important.”

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