What MoDOT Cuts Mean For STL Construction Projects
The Missouri Department of Transportation's budget for capital improvement will drop by nearly half in 2013.
In each of the last five years, MoDOT has had close to $1.3 billion to spend statewide on highway project. This year, that number will be down to $700 million for the entire state.
MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says that's going to result in a lot of "Band-aids."
"We need to be doing what we did on I-64 and rebuilding some of our major interstates in St. Louis and there's just not going to be the money to do that," said Hassinger by phone.
Hassinger says the reduced funding will also prevent MoDOT from doing economic development projects, like a connector between Interstates 64 and 44 in St. Louis County.