Legislator Says I-70 Toll Road Plan is "Probably Dead"
COLUMBIA - The Missouri lawmaker who wanted to make Interstate 70 a toll road told KOMU Friday the plan is probably dead.
Senate Transportation Commission Chairman Bill Stouffer said he does not think the Senate will consider the measure before the end of the legislative session. Stouffer said the measure got very little support from Missouri residents and no support from the trucking industry.
"We had two and half weeks of hearings in the Senate and we found very little support for tolling I-70," Stouffer said. "The public is just not ready to vote on anything at this point. They need to be made aware of where we are and the reasons we are going to do this."
The Senate has set up a new special committee specifically for Missouri's transportation needs. The committee will meet sometime within the next few months to release its findings to the legislature before the next session.