Interstate 70

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

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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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I-70 toll road
3:39 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Nixon: voters should decide on tolls along I-70

Gov. Jay Nixon says voters should decide whether to make I-70 a toll road in Missouri.
(Manu Bhandar/KOMU)

Gov. Jay Nixon says voters should decide whether to install tolls along Interstate 70, though he would not say if he supports the idea.

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I-70 toll road proposal
10:09 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Mo. senator files proposal to allow tolls on I-70

Interstate 70 in Columbia, Mo., between St. Louis and Kansas City. The stretch of interstate between St. Louis and Kansas City could become a toll road under a new proposal.
(via Flickr/KOMUnews)

A central Missouri lawmaker has filed legislation that would allow Interstate 70 to be turned into a toll road.

The measure would allow the state Department of Transportation to contract with a private company to fix I-70 in exchange for being allowed to charge tolls. Sponsoring Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Republican from Jefferson City, says that is the only way the state can afford the improvements the highway needs to accommodate increasing traffic.

I-70 toll road proposal
4:45 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MoDOT Director: Toll roads only option if state wants to rebuild I-70 right now

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith told a gathering of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday that converting I-70 to a toll road could have short-term benefits, namely, job creation.

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