Callaway Says No More
The Capital Area MPO, or CAMPO, includes Cole County and the southern part of Callaway County. But the Callaway County Commissioners don't feel like that county is a major player, so they're no longer paying.
Route OO helps explain why Callaway County stopped funding the Capital Area MPO. For safety purposes, officials want to widen the road and add a turn lane. They also want to build two more ramps on Highway 54 at the Summit Road exit. The lack of progress on these projects frustrates the county commission.
"The projects that are taking place are Jefferson City and Cole County projects. There aren't any taking place in Callaway County, so therefore, we feel like we were contributing a lot to the advancement of Jefferson City," said County Commissioner Doc Kritzer. Callaway County has made building ramps a top priority since the MPO was formed back in 2003. Members of the Capital Area MPO say there's only so much they can do.
"The MPO does not receive any funds for projects. The projects are allocated by MoDOT or selected by local juristictions," said CAMPO Planning Director Janice McMillan. CAMPO says it has several "long-range" projects on its list. That list includes building the two new ramps on Highway 54, but CAMPO says that project can only start when Callaway County starts paying.
The county ruled out financial support of CAMPO in 2008, and says it's too early to consider its 2009 plans. With only Cole County and Jefferson City left to pay for the projects, the budget will shrink in 2008.