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Berry, Kolkmeyer seek meeting on WIMs

Berry, Kolkmeyer seek meeting on WIMs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two Missouri state lawmakers are looking to begin the conversation anew to the state’s weigh in motion scales (WIM’s). The issue of weight stations in the Show-Me State took the spotlight this session when the issue of Drivewyze and HELP, Inc. became a topic of much contention. Reports of an FBI

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Public employees leave HELP, Inc. Board, Drivewyze ready to install

Drivewyze says it will install all 19 WIMs, with CEO saying, “We’re going to do it.” JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Transportation reviews completed this week removed state employees from bypass service provider HELP, Inc.’s board of directors, putting the Missouri’s bypass vendor situation back into the news.

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Op-Ed: Where in the world did all of these highways and bridges come from?

Thankfully, back in 1924, forward thinking citizens convinced their legislators that Missouri needed a system of “hard surface” highways. The big issue then, as it is now, how to pay for it? All motorists, traveling in and through Missouri help pay for the great highway system we know and enjoy every day. It is thought

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USDOT revises lobbying, subscription rules for grantees

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a memo yesterday to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) grantees, including organizations such as Drivewyze and HELP, Inc., who provide weigh-in motion (WIM) sensors throughout the country. Both Drivewyze and HELP, Inc. companies received “official notification” via email from MoDOT in April that they were recommended for

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Blunt makes short surprise visit to Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt made a surprise visit to the Missouri House of Representatives Wednesday morning, speaking just after the morning prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. In a wide-ranging speech to the chamber, Blunt hit on topics from EPA regulation, President Donald Trump’s assumption of office in January, and the unique

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Eigel: “We’re going to have a discussion about transportation, one way or another”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican Sen. Bill Eigel may have suffered the first defeat in his legislative career, but he has no intentions of taking it lying down. The freshman senator from St. Charles’ bill concerning transportation funding failed to pass during an executive session vote in Thursday morning’s meeting of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure

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IP filed to ban toll roads in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new initiative petition filed Wednesday would add a significant wrinkle into Missouri’s continuing debate over funding transportation infrastructure. The A Better Road Forward (ABRF) PAC filed a petition to ban all future tolls on Missouri’s roads. ABRF Chairman Wayne Baker said toll roads on Missouri’s roadways would amount to “double taxation.” “Missourians already

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Pace, Smith swap seats on Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Michael B. Pace, West Plains, has been named the new chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and Gregg C. Smith, Clinton, is the new vice chair. Smith had served as the chair, but during their monthly meeting this past Wednesday, the commission rotated the leadership positions. Both men were

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Eigel proposes vast I-70 overhaul with GR funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Bill Eigel, R-St. Charles, announced an ambitious proposal Wednesday which would invest roughly a total of $2.7 billion over 10 years to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements. Most of that money, around $2.2. billion would be used to repair Interstate 70 and expand it to eight lanes from Wentzville to

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Eigel to propose funding transportation through GR

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the next weeks, Sen. Bill Eigel will present a bill he hope will help solve one of the state’s perennial problems: transportation infrastructure funding. Eigel’s bill, which is not yet officially filed, would seek to open up general revenue to pay for transportation needs and provide what he estimates to

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