Tolls could pay for I-70 repairs
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A report from the Missouri Department of Transportation says tolls could pay for much-needed repairs to Interstate 70.
The report released Wednesday says the state doesn't have the money needed to widen and fix the interstate. The project would cost at least $2 billion.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Nixon revived the possibility of using tolls to makeover the heavily traveled road.
Voters in August defeated a proposed three-quarter-cent sales tax that would have helped finance a $1.5 billion rebuilding of I-70.
The transportation department report estimated that drivers would need to pay $20-40 for a trip across the state to fully fund a rebuilding. Truck drivers would pay $40-90.
The report also raises the possibility of a public-private partnership to fix the roadway, which also likely would include tolls.
A link to MoDOT's executive summary can be found here.