MoDOT's Top Priorities
MoDOT officials hope that Missourians make additional investments in transportation in the future. The meeting allowed them to decide where additional funds would go.
"We'll have to see how far the money can go to actually identify and make a recomendation to our highway commission, which one should be funded," said Machelle Watkins from MoDOT.
Representatives from each of Missouri's 10 districts presented the highest priority transportation projects for their area. After the presentations, MoDOT officials gave each proposal a ranking of high, mediumor low.
The mid-Missouri area included two proposals, both of which would expand current MoDOT projects.
Due to high accident rates, and narrow shoulders, engineers from the district hope to realign and widen the portion of Route 50 in Osage County.
This project would cost $37.7 million, money that isn't there.
Another project proposed for mid-Missouri is the widening of Route 5 in Camden county.
"The old curvy road needs to be improved," said Roger Schwartze, MoDOT.
Although these projects are just wishful thinking at the moment, MoDOT officials remain optimistic.
"Investments in transportation are directly related to economic benefits for the state so you can see a direct correlation between the economy growing and investments in transportation," said Schwartze.
The meeting concluded MoDOT's nine month long discussion process. Projects proposed for the mid-Missouri area alone would cost nearly $100 million. But that money doesn't exist yet.
Major Project Needs Cost Estimates
Route 50, Osage: Total Cost Estimate, $37.7 million
Route 5, Camden County: Total Cost Estimate, $57 million
Reported by Maragret Engright.