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MoDOT director says department is treading water

MoDOT director says department is treading water

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna says his department is facing a number of challenges in their efforts to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure. “Essentially, right now, we’re treading water,” he said. “We’re maintaining our system, but we are not improving. We’re fixing and replacing about as many bridges each

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MoDOT passes financial audit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation is celebrating the return of another clean audit. Every year, the department has independent auditors review their finances, and once again, the report has been unmodified. The audit was conducted by RubinBrown, the same firm that handled the previous year’s audit. “In our opinion, the financial

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2017-2021 STIP approved at MHTC meeting

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission gave final approval to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) at their monthly meeting on Wednesday in St. Louis. The five year plan has $3.97 billion available for construction awards, starting with $700 million in FY 2017 and going up to $860 million in 2020 and

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‘Road to Tomorrow’ goes through Missouri and could generate revenue for the state’s highways

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If in the next couple of months you see a couple of trucks traveling down the highway with only a couple of feet between them, don’t be alarmed. They’re (probably) part of a pilot program using Bluetooth technology to connect the trucks in a “platoon” system designed to increase fuel efficiency.

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MHTC approves cost-share program, asks questions about future funding

Commissioner Steve Miller also announced the end of his time on the panel KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the FY2017 budget, including approval for a cost-share program, during the commission’s first meeting since the end of the legislative session. While the General Assembly’s failure to approve a ballot measure

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MoDOT clashes with Senate appropriations on questionable expenditures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation offered testimony to the Senate Appropriations committee Thursday morning that featured tense scrutiny into the spending habits of the steward of state’s roads and bridges. The hearing proceeded smoothly for MoDOT to start. Director Patrick McKenna reported that the funding crisis that had gripped the department had gone

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MoDOT, House leadership kick off transportation conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Missouri Conference on Transportation Thursday at the Capitol Plaza. The conference was opened with speeches from Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Stephen Miller and Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, who spoke on the problems and solutions facing transportation infrastructure. “Ordinarily, we

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Thursday: Chamber hosting Conference on Transportation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the Missouri Conference on Transportation Thursday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pivoting the transportation debate as the center discussion, the Chamber will be hosting Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri Highways

Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Gas tax bill gets first committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee heard a bill which again proposes the first gas tax increase since 1996. Sen. Doug Libla’s SB 623, similar to 2015’s SB 540, would alter the gas tax by 1.5 cents per gallon on gasoline and 3.5 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. The

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The Six Biggest Issues of 2016

The time to pre-file legislation has almost elapsed, and legislative leaders are in Jefferson City to determine what will be the major topics of discussion in January. We spoke with several legislators and interest groups to learn what will be the top issues discussed when the gavels drop next week. Transportation funding    MoDOT saw a

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