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Primary Election 2014
11:38 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Well-Financed Transportation Tax Loses Big At The Polls

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Missourians decisively rejected a sales tax increase earmarked for transportation projects, making for a striking defeat for a well-financed campaign from proponents and a victory for an ideologically diverse opposition coalition. 

The tax – commonly known as “Amendment 7” or the “transportation tax” – would have raised Missouri’s sales tax by 0.75 percent for 10 years. It would have also barred Missouri's policymakers from instituting tolls or raising the state’s gas tax during that same time period.

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Primary Election 2014
6:38 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commissioners Approve Final Transportation Tax Project List

Interstate 70, just east of the Mo. River Bridge near Rocheport. The bridge would be replaced by a newer one as part of the expansion of I-70 under the Amendment 7 project list.
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Missouri transportation commissioners have approved a list of projects totalling $4.8 billion that would be funded by a 0.75 percent sales tax that voters will decide next month.

The wish list contains more than 800 projects, most of them road and bridge improvements. If passed, money would go to replacing or improving 330 bridges across the state and resurfacing more than 3,200 miles of roads. But the list also includes improvements at 24 airports, seven river ports, 14 railroads, and 71 sidewalks.  

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Transportation
2:03 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

MoDOT Makes St. Louis Roadway Alerts More User-Friendly

MoDOT provides maps of travel conditions, as well as alerts

The Missouri Department of Transportation is making its roadway alert system more customizable.

The Gateway Guide alerts travelers via email or text about road closures, lane closures, or traffic problems on particular roads.

The updated system lets users select specific sections of state roads or highways for their alerts. Users can also monitor routes based on the day of the week or time of day.

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Transportation
4:16 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia
Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews

The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.

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Transportation
10:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commission Adopts 20-Year Plan, Still Can't Afford It

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A long-range plan that transportation officials admit they can't afford was adopted Tuesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

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Snow Storms
1:42 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Winter Storms Blow Into Government Coffers

Winter storms come with a price tag.
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This year’s array of snowstorms kept governmental entities across Missouri busy plowing roads. It hasn't been cheap to keep streets clear.  And the expense is expected to go up as winter storms continue their blitz across the St. Louis area and the Show Me State.

To understand just how much more expensive this winter is than previous years, Missouri Department of Transportation’s Elizabeth Wright provides some perspective.  She says it’s cost the state around $40 million to plow snow off state roads so far. But MoDOT spends on average $42 million every year.

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MoDOT
7:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commissioners Halt New Road Projects Due To Falling Revenue

(Missouri Dept. of Transportation/via Flickr)

Missouri's transportation funding outlook has become so bleak that the state's Highways and Transportation Commission has stopped adding new projects to its five-year construction program.

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Politically Speaking
4:47 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: House Investigations, Execution Controversy And A Transportation Tax

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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Variable Speed Limits
3:09 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

MoDOT Removing Variable Speed Limit Signs On I-270

These signs on I-270 will be a thing of the past by the end of this month - MoDOT is removing the variable speed limits after five years.
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The Missouri Department of Transportation is ending its five-year experiment with variable speed limit signs on Interstate 270.

Crews began removing the 70 digital signs from along the highway Wednesday. The work should be done in about two weeks.

MoDOT installed the signs in 2008 as a way to get traffic to slow down if there was congestion ahead. For the first three years, the speed limits they posted were enforceable, but MoDOT made them advisory-only in 2011.

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Roadwork
1:53 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Driving In St. Louis This Weekend? Here's Where You Should Probably Avoid

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Update, 6:24 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. 

At 7:45 p.m. on Saturday evening, crews opened the westbound I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge.

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Work on various roadways will slow down St. Louis drivers this weekend. Here's a quick guide on what's happening:

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