St. Louis Area Leaders Concerned Over Highway Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – Civic and business leaders are appealing to Missouri highway planners not to reduce the St. Louis region's transportation funding. State transportation officials say they want to devise a more objective way of distributing transportation dollars.

But local officials say MODOT's proposal would cut the region's allocation by $45 million each year starting in 2007. St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association president Dick Fleming says MODOT's proposal is ill-conceived.

The group is proposing two alternatives that it says would more positively direct funds to the St. Louis area.