MoDOT Approves Transportation Plan and Bridge Improvements
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highways Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to approve a long range transportation plan and improve 10 bridges in Boone, Callaway and Howard counties.
The plan, called "A Vision for Missouri's Transportation Future," is designed to guide MoDOT transportation decisions for the next 20 years.
The plan was first introduced as a draft at the commission's November 2013 meeting and has been out for public review since.
Four goals were established based on the input received during the public engagement period:
- Take care of the transportation system and services we enjoy today
- Keep all travelers safe, no matter the mode of transportation
- Invest in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs
- Give Missourians better transportation choices
Due to funding issues, MoDOT officials said the approved plan is unlikely to develop. The proposed 2017 budget of $325 million, it said, will not cover the $480 million cost to maintain existing roads and bridges.
Officials said funding has decreased due to diminishing revenues from fuel tax. It comes as cars are becoming more fuel efficient and people are driving less. To continue with the approved plan, commissioners said additional resources are needed from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The bridges the commission voted to improve in Boone County are:
- Route WW over Hominy Creek
- Route WW over Route 63
- Route 63 northbound lanes over Hominy Creek
- Route 63 northbound ramp over Hominy Creek (Route WW interchange)
- Route 63 southbound ramp over Hominy Creek (Route WW interchange)
- Route 63 northbound lanes over Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard)
- Route 63 southbound lanes over Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard)
- Route 63 northbound lanes over Grindstone Creek
The bridge in Callaway County is the Route F bridge over Stinson Creek in Fulton and the bridge in Howard County is the Route 40 bridge over Moniteau Creek.
MoDOT officials said all the Boone County bridges are scheduled for completion by August and all other improvement work will be completed by November.
Officials said that all the bridges will remain open during the work, except for Route WW bridge over Hominy Creek in Boone County. That bridge will be closed with a detour set up for drivers.
The bridges are being improved to make them safer and extend their lives.