When our interstate system was created 60 years ago, the world we lived in was different. There were fewer cars on our roads. Trucks carried much lighter loads.
Now it’s time to rebuild our oldest interstates but that needs to happen in a way that meets the needs of the future rather than follows the designs of the past. MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow initiative is exploring all options, while also searching for sustainable revenue streams that can fund the transportation system of tomorrow.
After a year of discovery, we are identifying pilot projects that would enable us to test the effectiveness of various innovations in advancing our vision. There may be research grants available to help get those projects off the ground and we are pursuing all options.
Do you have the innovation that will build and fund the transportation system of the future?
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission launched Road to Tomorrow as an innovative way to help create financing for the restoration of Interstate 70 and to deliver a 21st Century transportation system.
MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said Interstate 70 from Kansas City to St. Louis is being offered as a laboratory for innovation. To date we’ve received approximately 300 ideas. MoDOT is still aggressively seeking partners, grants and other tools to transform this project from a conceptual design into a reality.
Road to Tomorrow along with members of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission participated in "KINETIC: Focusing on the Future of Transportation" on February 17th, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. KINETIC is an energetic series of forums to help the community better understand and prepare for the future of transportation.
"It’s only appropriate that the re-birth of the nation’s interstate system begin at its birthplace. Missouri has always been at the heart of
highway transportation – not only because the state’s geographic location puts it at the nation’s core, but also because of the role it’s played in the realization of Eisenhower’s dream.”
Road to Tomorrow presents the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission a six-month update on innovations that have been submitted to the team at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.
The use of technology to offer optional, premium services via the roadway.
The use of proprietary technology to increase fuel efficiency and reduce accidents among long-haul trucks.
The use of trucks transferring trains during mandated down-time to increase overall efficiency and reduce damage to roadways.
Allowing the use of MoDOT infrastructure to host Data and Communications equipment.
Varieties of new tolling structures, HOV-lanes, and user taxes all requiring statutory or constituational changes.
Supplementing the current corridor with efforts outside of the current transportation infrastructure.
Using a public private partnership to finance, construct, and maintain renewable energy along the corridor.
Selling the right to advertise on the public right of way.
We are just now getting a glimpse of the new technologies that could serve as the basis for future highways. Innovations like GPS systems, autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels, new construction materials and computer-enhanced "smart" roads are changing the way we travel. We must build on this rising tide of new technology.
At a time when the nation and Missouri wrestle with how to fund its future transportation needs, this effort must be focused not only on new technologies but new means of funding transportation investment.
We invite industry, institutions and individuals to reach out with their ideas.
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