Interstate 70

Transportation
2:47 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Nixon Promotes Tolls Along Interstate 70 To Pay For Improvements

A section of Interstate 70 in mid-Missouri
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for state highway officials to examine the possibility of imposing tolls on parts of Interstate 70 – and to report back to him before the end of this month.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the governor told the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission that he wanted them to report by Dec. 31 on “analyzing and providing options for utilizing tolls to improve and expand I-70 and to free up resources for road and bridge projects throughout the state.”

Nixon noted that the newest parts of I-70 in Missouri “are 50 years old.”

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Infrastructure
12:46 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Commuters Slow To Adapt To New Bridge

Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Commuters are taking a while to warm up to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Traffic on the bridge, which carries I-70 north of downtown St. Louis, is estimated to reach 40,000 vehicles a day eventually. But after an initial spike, the bridge saw traffic volume of about 28,000 vehicles a day during its first week of regular use.

Joseph Monroe with the Illinois Department of Transportation says engineers expect it to take some time for motorists to change their routine.

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Arch Redevelopment
3:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Arch Grounds Redevelopment Begins With Official Groundbreaking

Dignitaries break ground Aug. 2 on the ‘Park over the Highway’ project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revamp the Arch grounds.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

National and state leaders broke ground Friday on the first phase of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize the Gateway Arch grounds.

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx—were present at the ceremony. The first project is a park to be built over Interstate 70 to improve accessibility between downtown and the Arch grounds. Senator Claire McCaskill praised local officials for getting to this point.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

St. Charles Residents To Choose From Fifth Street Gateway Project Options

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Pedestrians using Fifth Street in St. Charles may see more accessible streets in their future.

Three different proposals of the Fifth Street Gateway Project will be presented at an open house Wednesday evening at St. John United Church of Christ at 5 p.m. 

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Transportation
5:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

MHTC Chairman Proposes 1-Cent Sales Tax To Fund Mo.'s Transportation Needs

Two trucks travel in the east-bound lanes of I-70 between Columbia and Boonville, Mo.
MoDOT

The head of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has unveiled a plan for funding the state’s aging highways and bridges.

The centerpiece would be a new one-cent sales tax.  It would expire after 10 years, and would need approval from both lawmakers and Missouri voters.  Transportation Commission Chairman Rudy Farber says the tax would not be collected on medicine, groceries or gasoline purchases.

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MoDOT
8:13 am
Wed January 2, 2013

What MoDOT Cuts Mean For STL Construction Projects

Credit MoDOT

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."

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Blanchette Bridge Roadwork
3:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Day Of Blanchette Bridge Closure Goes Smoothly

A MoDOT diagram of the highway configuration during the Blanchette Bridge project.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

This morning marked the first rush hour since all westbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge were closed late yesterday afternoon for a year-long construction project.

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I-70 roadwork prepares for Blanchette project
5:05 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

I-70 roadwork a preview for Blanchette shutdown


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Motorists on Interstate 70 will get a little taste - starting this weekend - of what life will be like when the westbound lanes of the busy Blanchette Bridge are closed in November.

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Transportation
2:54 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Mo. Senate opts for highway study over I-70 toll road debate

Interstate 70 near the exit to Providence Road in Columbia, Mo.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

It appears unlikely that Missouri lawmakers will pass any legislation this year that would turn Interstate Highway 70 into a toll road.

Senate Transportation Chairman Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) says the proposal has gotten a lot of negative feedback.

“We had excellent hearings this year, but it became very clear that until we raise the awareness of the public and the need in the public that we would be spinning our wheels to move any further," Stouffer said.

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Morning round-up
9:13 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, February 23, 2012

Commission approves Pevely demolition

St. Louis University has received approval from the city Planning Commission to demolish the historic Pevely Dairy Complex. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the commission approved the demolition Wednesday night.

The city Preservation Board originally denied the demolition request, prompting the appeal to the commission.

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