MoDOT director asks lawmakers for more money

1 year 4 months 1 week ago January 13, 2016 Jan 13, 2016 Wednesday, January 13 2016 Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:52:00 AM CST in News
By: Lauren Groppenbacher, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Patrick McKenna testified in support of increased transportation funding before the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Wednesday morning at the Capitol.

McKenna said Missouri has the 7th largest highway system in the nation, but the state ranks among the worst when considering revenue spent per mile. In that particular category, Missouri is ranked 47th.

The committee heard SB 623, sponsored by Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, which seeks to raise the tax on gasoline by 1.5 cents per gallon and 3.5 cents per gallon for diesel fuel beginning this October.

Libla said the bill will bring long-term funding to the state's transportation system.

"50 percent of motor fuel user tax that is collected in the state comes from non-Missouri residents passing through, so a motor fuel user tax won't stick 100 percent of the cost on Missourians," Libla said.

Various organizations came to this hearing to go on record and voice support for SB 623. 

McKenna said MoDOT intends to operate more like a business, and he believes it is. He said the state needs to remain competitive against its surrounding states as those states have raised the rate of gas taxes. McKenna used Iowa and Nebraska as examples.

"We have to be cognizant of the fact that when these other states are raising, their investing at a rate that's greater than the rate in Missouri, and we have to be really careful that we don't get behind in terms of that investment because business notices," McKenna said.

When discussing the need for more funding, McKenna focused on the state's growing number of “critical-condition” bridges.

There are nearly 10,400 bridges in the state highway system and about 60 percent are older than their intended useful life of 50 years.

"It doesn't take a 500 year flood to close a bridge, it takes a MoDOT worker with a yellow helmet on," Libla said.

McKenna also discussed the federal FAST Act (Fixing America's Surface Transportation). The U.S. Senate passed and the president signed this into law in early-December. It is the first long-term transportation bill in over ten years.

McKenna said this act will provide the state with slightly more than $1 billion, which gets Missouri back to where it was about a decade ago.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deadly shooting of a 28-year-old man in northeast Columbia. Police said in... More >>
18 minutes ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:23:49 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A bat in St. Louis County has tested positive for rabies, and health officials say it should... More >>
43 minutes ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:59:00 AM CDT in News
PINEVILLE — A southwest Missouri prosecutor has dropped a murder charge in a 2011 death of an Arkansas man, but... More >>
2 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:32:45 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City man is charged with shooting into a south Kansas City church, injuring a church... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:32:57 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee has endorsed a bill authorizing discounted electric rates for steel and aluminum production... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:57:10 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City police were investigating a Tuesday evening shots fired incident that left a man with an... More >>
11 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:10:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - After President Trump's executive order that put a temporary hold on people from certain countries entering the United... More >>
12 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:52:00 PM CDT in Target 8
ST. CHARLES - The second day of a trial in the death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava centered around... More >>
13 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri System Board of Curators voted Tuesday afternoon to increase tuition at all four UM... More >>
15 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University was expected to announce its interim president on Thursday. The university's board of curators... More >>
16 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - As lawmakers met in special session Tuesday, Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at a rally of Missourians wanting... More >>
16 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Family and friends of Cameron Scott Caruthers spoke to KOMU 8 News over the telephone Tuesday afternoon. ... More >>
17 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools sent home a letter to parents Tuesday addressing rumors about possible threats. CPS Superintendent... More >>
17 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A restaurant was closed Tuesday after crews found high levels of natural gas. Columbia fire crews responded... More >>
18 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:38:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City will be seeing new bike racks installed around town. The goal is to make... More >>
18 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Dashcam video shows that a University of Missouri-Kansas City student seemed confused when she was stopped... More >>
18 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The man shot Monday on Dawn Ridge Road has died and robbery does not appear to be a... More >>
19 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:25:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman has pleaded guilty to murder and armed criminal action in the death of a man... More >>
19 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:03:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
11am 59°
12pm 60°
1pm 61°
2pm 62°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld