MoDOT asks for ideas on I-70 improvement project

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 03 2015 Jun 3, 2015 Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:37:00 PM CDT June 03, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Prodcuer

KANSAS CITY - MoDOT said Wednesday the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission planned to make Interstate 70 from Kansas City to St. Louis into a laboratory for construction of the next generation of highways.

The MHTC announced its intention after its monthly meeting Wednesday to open the highway to private industry, entrepreneurs and innovators. 

MHTC Chairman Stephen R. Miller said, "We're open to any and all ideas. Just as MoDOT's design-build projects over the last decade have produced insights and innovations not previously imagined, we are confident that offering free reign to human creativity and a designated site for implementation will generate the very best in American ingenuity."

Miller said some of the technologies that could serve as the basis for future highways include GPS systems, autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels and new construction materials.

Gov. Jay Nixon said, "Missouri has always been a hub for transportation technology and innovation and our highways should be no exception". 

MoDOT said it was looking for innovators' ideas on how to improve the highway with next generation technology.

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