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.
Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May. Maj. Jon Korneliussen told the Sikeston Standard Democrat that daily patrols are checking the middle and upper crevasses created by the implosion that happened at the height of spring flooding.
A band of light to moderate snow has made its way to the St. Louis area this morning.
The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory remains in effect until six o’clock this evening for a variety of weather conditions, including snow, blowing snow, sleet or freezing drizzle and rain.
Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says the snow is making the morning commute difficult.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced today that a company out of Chicago, Walsh Construction Company, has been awarded the $62.7 million contract to repair and replace portions of the Blanchette Bridge.
The bridge, which spans the Missouri River along with St. Louis and St. Charles Counties, was built in 1958 and needs major repairs, MoDOT said.