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MoDOT News Release 

July 11, 2006 12:00 AM
Missouriís Five-Year Transportation
Construction Program Approved

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today approved a new five-year transportation construction program including more than 900 highway and bridge projects.  The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, identifies all transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2007 through 2011 (July 1, 2006- June 30, 2011). 

In addition to highways and bridges, the program includes projects for aviation, railroads, waterways and public transportation.  The five-year program is updated each year, and as one year of work is completed, a new fifth year is added.

The STIP totals approximately $7.1 billion over the five-year period.  This includes $5.7 billion for highway and bridge projects, $0.7 billion for other modes of transportation, and $0.7 billion for city and county transportation projects. 

"An important element of this transportation program's development is the extent of local involvement," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn.  "Local communities have had significant influence over how their transportation dollars are spent.  Local officials statewide have been a part of deciding which projects will be built first.  We appreciate the help in planning for Missouri's road and bridge improvements."

This transportation improvement program is an essential part of MoDOT's communication with customers to let them know their investment is being spent on the most important transportation projects.       

"This transportation improvement program focuses on two goals," Rahn said.  "One is to deliver the commitments that have been made, and the second is to improve the conditions of Missouri's major roads.

"There's not money available for adding new major construction projects in 2011," Rahn added, "because the Amendment 3 resources run out, and our state transportation program goes back to normal spending levels.  This concerns us along with rising construction costs and declining revenues.

"We've had to concentrate on needs rather than on projects because funding projections drop off dramatically in 2011," Rahn said.  "However, it's important we continue to look ahead at the state's transportation needs, talk about Missouri's priorities and get things ready because major projects require a lot of study before they're ready to be constructed. Then, when funds become available, we can move quickly and efficiently in delivering transportation improvements." 

The 2007-2011 program includes transportation improvements identified by metropolitan planning organizations in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin and St. Joseph.   The STIP projects located in these areas are subject to discussion and approval by the appropriate metropolitan planning organization.  

For a complete list of projects or for more information, contact the department's customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636), visit MoDOT's Web site at http://www.modot.org/ or call the local MoDOT district offices. 


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