Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say Americans are just now getting a glimpse into the possibilities with GPS systems, autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels and new construction materials, and they are calling on tech-savvy innovators in the private industry to show them how to improve Interstate 70.
The I-70 innovation program, which is called the Road to Tomorrow, can be found at modot.org/road2tomorrow.
One catch, though: There’s not much money to go around.
“We’re open to any and all ideas,” Missouri Highway Transportation Commission Chairman Stephen R. Miller said in a press release on Thursday, June 11.
“Just as MoDOT’s design-build projects over the last decade have produced insights and innovations not previously imagined, we are confident that offering free rein to human creativity and a designated site for implementation will generate the very best in American ingenuity.”
Miller believes that a modest increase in fuel taxes could help bridge the gap until alternative funding sources are determined in the future.
Missouri holds conditional federal approval to pursue tolls on I-70, but state law requires a vote of the people before tolls could be implemented.
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