Jefferson City – Missouri's transportation commission will vote today on a new way to split state road money between rural and urban Missouri.
Currently half of all state road money goes to St. Louis and Kansas City, the other half goes to the rest of the state. Rural areas want more money; St. Louis leaders say metro roads help the entire state's economy.
One lawmaker says whatever the changes, he'll push colleagues to make them temporary, to allow for future changes.
Jefferson City, MO – St. Louis area planners are disappointed with a new state transportation funding formula that they say jeopardizes key projects. Friday the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a plan that would cut the St. Louis region's annual allocation from about $330 million a year to $290-million.
St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association president Dick Fleming says the action will affect such projects as the Page Avenue extension and improvements to Highway 40.