Traffic Problems in Missouri
"We know just in 5 years we will see over 700,000 more trucks on I-70 than there are today," said Rahn.
The state has plans in place to improve the existing interstate. But some plans call for changing its look and function altogether.
"I-70 needs to have dedicated truck lanes added to it to separate the family vehicles from the trucks. This would greatly improve the safety of the roadway," said Rahn.
US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters attended the conference and pledges federal support for improving the major east-west route.
"The congestion initiative will provide more resolutions, more funding to help urban areas in Missouri accomplish getting rid of congestion and helping them find real tools to deplete it," said Peters.
It seems the federal help will be necessary. Rahn says Missouri does not have the money to make any sweeping changes to I-70 in the near future. The conference addressed other issues including building another St. Louis bridge over the Mississippi River, and the completion of the state's "smooth roads initiative."