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4:50 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Blue Ribbon Committee Releases 'Options' For Funding Missouri's Transportation Needs

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) stands to the left of former Speaker Rod Jetton (R), co-chair of the Blue Ribbon transportation panel. Standing behind Jetton, wearing a beige jacket, is fellow co-chair, former State Sen. Bill McKenna (D).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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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Other News
4:04 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Ground Broken On New Boone Bridge

The selected design for the new I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River bridge
Credit MODOT

Ground was broken Thursday on the new Daniel Boone Bridge just west of Chesterfield.

The $111 million project will replace a 75-year-old span over the Missouri River and link St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the bridge is the final project to make I-64 a true, interstate-quality, highway.

“We’re thrilled today to start on the project,” Hassinger says. “The design is about 90 percent complete and you’re going to see people starting work on the ground this month. The plan is that we’ll have the new bridge open in 2014.”

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Winter storm
2:46 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

MoDOT Ready For Winter Storm

MoDOT will have 200 trucks on the road plowing and spreading salt during the forecasted winter storm.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area over Christmas.

MoDOT crews are busy pre-treating the roads, said department spokesman Drew Gates.  He says if the weather allows, crews will take a break Christmas morning to spend some time with their families before the bulk of the storm hits.

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State employees
5:55 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Work On Health Benefits For MoDOT Workers & State Troopers Continues

A recent meeting of the special committee reviewing health insurance benefits for MoDOT workers and State Troopers.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A special committee of transportation officials is still reviewing the amount of money MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for health insurance.

Most of the committee members are leaning towards a proposal from the Highway Patrol, which would have the state pay 60 percent of the cost and the individual employee or retiree 40 percent.  Rudy Farber is chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says under the current system, the amount of coverage a worker pays varies based on numerous factors.

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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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Blanchette Bridge project preparation
4:42 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

St. Charles Prepares For Blanchette Bridge Congestion

A MoDOT diagram of the highway configuration during the Blanchette Bridge project.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

St. Charles city officials are hoping the year-long Blanchette Bridge roadwork that starts this weekend won’t have too much of a negative impact on its stores, casino and restaurants . 

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Poplar Street Bridge
3:27 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Illinois OK's Funding For Poplar Street Bridge Changes

Gov. Pat Quinn has promised $25 million for Illinois's share of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.
via Flickr/binkle_28

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has promised his state's share of the $80 million needed to widen and upgrade the Poplar Street Bridge.

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Weekend road closures
2:23 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Bridge Work, Races, Mean Weekend Closures In St. Louis City

(via Flickr/Zahlm)

Got plans to travel to downtown St. Louis this weekend? Watch out for lane and road closures.


In addition to lane closures on the Blanchette Bridge, MoDOT will close the two right lanes on westbound I-64 across the Poplar Street Bridge approximately an hour after the start of Game 4 of the NLCS, which would be around 8 p.m. The lanes will remain closed until noon on Sunday.

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Poplar Street Bridge
5:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

East-West Gateway Signs Off On Poplar Street Bridge Upgrades

The Poplar Street Bridge.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge.

Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups.

"As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and that creates a choke point," Wild said.

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MoDOT worker killed
5:34 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

1st MoDOT worker killed in Mo. since Move Over law expanded last month

Clifton Scott, 50, at a ceremony on Sept. 17th, 2012, recognizing his 15 years as a MoDOT employee. He was killed four days later on I-70 in Independence while working at the scene of a 4-vehicle crash.
MoDOT

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker was killed on the job early this morning in the Kansas City area.


Clifton Scott, 50, is the first MoDOT worker killed in the line of duty since Missouri's Move Over law was expanded last month to include Dept. of Transportation employees and vehicles.  He was one of two MoDOT workers who responded during pre-dawn hours to a four-vehicle crash on I-70 in Independence.  Scott was placing cones on the highway to re-route traffic around 2:50 a.m. when he was struck by another vehicle.  Scott died at the scene, and the driver who struck him was seriously injured after crashing into Scott's truck.  Chris Redline is an engineer with MoDOT’s Kansas City office.

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