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MoDOT outlines grim future without new revenue

The Missouri Department of Transportation this week outlined its plan for taking care of roads and bridges with a severely reduced construction budget.

“Missouri’s 325 System” calls for MoDOT to focus its limited resources on approximately 8,000 miles of Missouri’s 34,000-mile state highway system. The 8,000 miles make up

The department will use its annual construction budget – which is expected to drop to $325 million in 2017 – to keep these primary roads in the good condition they are in today with maintenance and rehabilitation work such as overlays and bridge replacements. Enhancements, though, such as interchange improvements or road widening, will not be possible.

The remaining miles of roads and bridges will make up the state’s supplementary system and will receive only limited routine maintenance. That means MoDOT crews will do the best they can to maintain roads and bridges on the supplemental system with internal resources. Work will include filling potholes, patching pavement and flushing and sealing bridge decks.  With only limited routine maintenance, however, these roads will deteriorate.

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