Interstates 70 and 44 Need Funding Fix
"In this state, it's terrible. I travel a four-state area and Missouri is bad. They are working on it, but it's bad. It's dangerous," he said.
MoDOT is resurfacing I-70 this summer, but it's still the same four lanes it has always been.
"What we're doing now to try to make the surface better is really just a Band-aid approach," said spokesman Jeff Briggs.
"I-70 was built for 20,000 vehicles and 15% trucks," Stouffer explained. "We're now carrying 40,000 vehicles a day and 40% trucks and it's just totally over capacity."
His plan would widen I-70 to four lanes each way, plus separate lanes for heavy trucks.
"The most efficient way for consumers to pay for this is with a one cent sales tax," Stouffer said.
Raising the state sales tax a penny would generate almost $7 billion in 10 years, he explained. To raise the same amount of money from fuel taxes, Missouri would have to add 24 cents in state taxes to each gallon of gas.
Stouffer admitted it would be at least a couple of years before his proposal could get started, and it would need voter approval.