MoDOT awarded $1 million grant to expand truck parking on I-70

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced this week that it had received a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to convert aging rest areas near Mineola, Mo., into truck-parking only facilities.

MoDOT made the announcement back in April 2011 that it planned to raze the sites, near mile marker 168 on Interstate 70, add truck parking and install Vault restroom facilities.

DeAnne Rickabaugh, community relations coordinator for MoDOT, told Land Line on Nov. 13, that the sites will be closed for up to 60 days during construction, but the project should be completed by fall of 2014.

As states continue to struggle to maintain their rest areas, MoDOT has doubled the number of truck parking spaces in the past few years by converting old weigh stations and aging rest areas that don’t meet stringent EPA guidelines into truck-only spaces.

Rickabaugh said freight predictions have also played a part in MoDOT’s efforts to boost the number of truck parking spaces.

“We know that freight is going to double in Missouri by 2040, that’s what they are telling us, and we have to think long-term,” she said.

She added that while the westbound site is under construction, it will remain closed, but will be worth it for truck drivers with the addition of 40 additional spaces.

“We can do it faster if it’s closed and when it reopens it will be twice the size,” she said.

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