Area project on MoDOT list
The Missouri Department of Transportation has released its 2009-2013 five-year transportation plan that includes $300 million in new construction projects. The most recent plan includes $25 million to add passing lanes on Highway 60 from Monett to Republic. There are no new Barry County projects listed.
According to MoDOT officials, the list of construction projects represent the department's "last hurrah" before plummeting to a program where funding is limited and projects will cover minimal maintenance and safety work on existing roadways.
"While it's great news to be able to pursue this additional work, we can't overlook the fact that in this program the Amendment 3 bond proceeds are used up, and our state transportation program goes back to critically low spending levels," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. "The program we're proposing marks the shift from having the opportunity to build new projects to barely maintaining what we have."
Missouri will transition from a construction program averaging $1.23 billion to a construction program of about $575 million in 2013. This decrease in available funding will be compounded by an expected decline in federal revenue and an increase in fuel and construction costs.
In addition to the newly announced Highway 60 improvements, the five-year plan also calls for $16 million to be spent on Highway 65 in Greene County to improve capacity from Battlefield to Chestnut in Springfield. Another $24 million has been allocated to improve safety and capacity on Highway 13 in Stone County from Route 76 to the Kimberling City bridge.
The draft 2009-2013 Statewide Transportation Improvement Project (STIP) lists all transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2009 through 2013. Program costs total $5.78 billion. The bulk of that funding, $4.35 billion, goes to 662 highway and bridge projects across the state.
The proposed program is now available for public review. For further information, call 1-888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org. The comment period ends June 27.