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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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The Missouri Department of Transportation will end its phone-based traveler information service for the St. Louis area on Saturday because of funding problems.

The department launched the toll-free 511 service in 2007, just before work began on the reconstruction of Interstate 64. It enabled drivers to get up-to-the-minute traffic information about area roadways.

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Commuters who take Interstate 70 across the Missouri River got good news today from the Missouri Department of Transportation - the new westbound span of the Blanchette bridge will be open by August, three months ahead of schedule.

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The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing all lanes of Interstate 64 between Jefferson Avenue and Hampton Avenue starting at 8 p.m. Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The closures are part of a 3 month project to replace the 50 year old Jefferson overpass.

Eastbound on-ramps will be closed from McCausland to Ewing, and westbound on-ramps will be closed from Broadway to Grand.

The Jefferson Bridge itself will close at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Updated March 29 with information about blasting and bumped up for visibility.

Planning to take Interstate 64 through the Central West End this weekend? You'll need to find another route.

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You’ve seen them popping up all over the roads in the area. Now, the Missouri Department of Transportation wants you to let them know where they are.

MoDOT’s enhanced pothole repair initiative started Monday. The agency’s goal is to temporarily patch as many potholes as possible as quickly as possible. District engineer Ed Hassinger says that means they want the public to let them know where the worst potholes are. They’ll try to have them filled as quickly as possible, perhaps even within 24 hours.

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Last updated at 11:57 a.m. 2/22. Will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.  It’s co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City).  He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel.

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Some drivers who normally use Interstate 64 to get downtown will have to find alternate routes this weekend.

Weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down a portion of Interstate 64 at 8 p.m.  Friday to demolish the bridges carrying Taylor and Newstead avenues over the highway.

Eastbound traffic will have to exit at Hampton, and westbound traffic at Forest Park Avenue.

(See the map of the detour here)

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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.

Monday morning the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will begin work on an $18 million project to replace four bridges over Interstate 64.

MoDOT will close both Taylor and Newstead bridges shortly after rush hour and they will remain closed until November. 

MoDOT engineer Deanna Venker says in addition to relieving traffic congestion, the work will lay a foundation for economic development in the area.

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A panel appointed by the Missouri House to study the state’s transportation needs released its final report today, one day before the start of the 2013 legislative session.

It states that Missouri needs an additional $600 million to $1 billion a year – for several years – to maintain roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure.  The report lays out several options for meeting that gap, but doesn’t recommend any specific funding methods.  Retired Democratic State Senator Bill McKenna co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs.  He says some of the options won’t appeal to the Republican majority.

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