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Transportation Panel Meets

By Bill Raack, KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – A citizen's advisory panel says the Missouri department of transportation needs to change its management and apologize for dropping a 1992 highway financial plan.

The panel, which was appointed by the state Highways and Transportation Commission, included those two recommendations in a report adopted Thursday.

The panel also suggested allowing toll roads as a way to boost funding for highways. Panel chairman Jack Magruder says Interstate 70 is one example of a possible toll road.

"It's in such desperate shape that we're going to have to do something and we do not have the resources to fix that. It just is not possible," Magruder said.

Voters must approve toll roads. The advisory panel's report will be presented next week to the state Highways and Transportation Commission.

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