Missouri Department of Transportation

On The August Ballot
10:29 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Commentary: Why Not Raise Missouri's Gas Tax Instead Of Sales Tax?

On I-70
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

During its recently completed session, the Missouri General Assembly passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to increase the state sales tax to pay for improvements to highways and for other transportation needs. This action is interesting for a couple of reasons.

First is the underlying assumption that voters are in fact capable of making an informed decision about how to generate revenue for the state.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Bridge Opening Should Give Commuters More Breathing Room

(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After four years under construction and more than a decade of planning, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will open for traffic Sunday, February 9. And when the bridge opens, so does another option for drivers making the commute across the Mississippi.

“What we anticipate is about 20 percent of the traffic coming off Poplar Street, about 50 percent coming off MLK/Eads,” Randy Hitt of the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

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On the Trail
11:40 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Transportation Tax Supporters Still Aim For 2014 Vote

A sales tax increase for transportation projects could reemerge next year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Proponents of a transportation sales tax were dealt a big blow last year when a legislative effort died at the last minute. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on putting a 1-cent sales tax increase before voters.   

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Transportation
5:34 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New Railroad Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City

An Amtrak train crosses over the new railroad bridge minutes after being opened for rail traffic at Osage City, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.

The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It

MoDot

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has unveiled a 20-year plan that's based on more than 12,000 suggestions from the public.

However, the state currently cannot afford to implement it.

MoDOT Director Dave Nichols says it would cost more than $70 Billion to fund all the suggestions they've received from Missouri residents, and that his agency is currently estimated to only have $17 billion available over the next 20 years.

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Culture
1:24 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Going Up? Check Out The View From The Top Of The New Mississippi River Bridge

Looking back at downtown St. Louis on the way up to the top of one of the towers of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Scared of heights? Luckily for us, and for you, our Rachel Lippmann isn't.

On Thursday, Rachel got a tour up (and inside) the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, which will carry Interstate 70 across the Mississippi River.

Enjoy the views - without any of the risk. 

Mississippi River Bridge
3:20 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Look: Structural Work Completed On New 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge'

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuver the final steel girder into place on the Stan Musial Veteran's Memorial Bridge on July 26, 2013.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 3:43 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.

Three and a half years after the project began, the structural work is done on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuvered the 30,000-pound steel girder into place on Friday, officially connecting the $667 million bridge that will carry Interstate 70 over the river.

Watch its last few movements:

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Road Funding
6:12 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Funding For Road Construction Continues To Drop

KOMUnews Flickr

State transportation officials will meet in Jefferson City later this week to approve road projects for the next four years, and as it has for several years, funding available for the St. Louis region continues to shrink.

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Natural Bridge Makeover
5:15 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

A New Look Planned For Natural Bridge In Normandy

Transportation officials met with residents and property owners in Normandy Thursday about a new project that will reduce vehicle traffic and increase pedestrian and bicycle use on Natural Bridge Road.

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Kevin Keith
2:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

MoDOT Director Stepping Down

MoDOT director Kevin Keith (left) has resigned. He'll be replaced on an interim basis by Dave Nichols (right), the department's chief engineer.
(photos from the Missouri Department of Transportation)

The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation has abruptly stepped down.

Kevin Keith submitted his resignation to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today. He'll take a medical leave of absence and retire on July 1.

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