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The president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City rode out a tornado in the basement of his official residence, which was severely damaged by the storm.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports President Jerald Woolfolk was not injured in the tornado overnight Wednesday.

Lincoln University spokeswoman Misty Young said the home appears to be uninhabitable. It was built in 1916 and bought by the university in 1965.

Flooding Causes Airshow Cancellation, Airport Evacuation

May 21, 2019

The 31st annual Salute to Veterans Celebration and Airshow, set to be held this weekend at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport, has been cancelled due to extreme flooding.

"The river is expected to crest tomorrow at over 2 feet past flood stage, rendering our show impossible," Salute to Veterans media chair Jessica Houston said in an email Tuesday.

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Governor Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 19 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reports texting increases the risk of car crashes by 50 percent.

MODOT spokesperson Matt Hiebert was part of a team promoting the campaign on the MU campus Friday. He said by being out in the community and sharing the Buckle Up Phone Down campaign, drivers will hopefully take the challenge to be safer on the roads. 

New Lanes, New Look for Old 63, Stadium Intersection

Apr 10, 2017
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There's something for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in a $1.75 million project underway at Stadium Boulevard and Old 63.

Crosswalks with push-button signals, bicycle lanes and new turn lanes are being added to the intersection in an effort to make the area safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

Potential Fuel Tax Increase Sparks Controversy

Feb 24, 2017
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Missourians could pay more at the gas pump to offset income tax cuts, according to a bill proposed in the Missouri House.

The House read a bill Thursday that would cut income taxes for the top tax bracket in Missouri while raising fuel taxes to offset the cuts. These funds would then be used to finance infrastructure improvements in the state.

Bill sponsor Bart Korman (R) thinks that this bill is a solution to funding road work in Missouri.

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Every year, MoDOT asks all police departments to participate in the enforcement to encourage people to wear their seatbelts year long. Recent statistics from MoDOT show that 20 percent of Missouri drivers are not wearing seatbelts while driving.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson Latisha Stroer said that during the quarterly enforcement officers are more attentive to seatbelts.

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  Efforts to build a bridge to improve riverfront access in Jefferson City have hit a stumbling block.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation has determined that the city is ineligible for a $400,000 federal grant.

Seat Belt Usage On the Rise in Missouri

Oct 5, 2016

A recent survey shows that more Missouri drivers are wearing their seat belts, but deadly crashes have also increased.

Based on Missouri driver and passenger data, seat belt use is up 1.5 percent from last year to 81.4 percent. The national average of seat belt users was 86.7 percent in 2015. As of Sept. 29, more than 660 people were killed in traffic crashes, which is an 8 percent increase compared to this time last year. 

Bill Whitfield, director of the Office of Highway Safety, said the increase in crashes has a lot to do with the economy.

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State transportation officials say it will take longer than expected to finish work on the Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is set to test the feasibility of sidewalks and roadways embedded with solar panels.


After two years of declining numbers, Missouri recorded more than 800 traffic fatalities in 2015.

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Fifty bridges were added to the list of bridges in critical condition across Missouri this year.

It was only a few weeks after President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, establishing the Interstate Highway System, that Missouri awarded the first contract in the nation for road work to begin on what was then a section of U.S. Route 40 — now, I-70, in St. Charles County.

Unless lawmakers act by the end of July, the 59th anniversary of that contract will be celebrated on Aug. 2, with the flow of federal dollars being shut off to Missouri, and other states, for needed maintenance, repair and reconstruction projects.

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Up to 100 residents were evacuated from a mobile home park in northeast Missouri because of rising flood waters.

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Facing limited funding and a cross-state highway in need of improvements, the Missouri Department of Transportation is asking for suggestions from the public on ways to turn Interstate 70 into a "highway of the future."

Roads in need of repair and expansion cost the average St. Louis-area driver $1,511 a year from car accidents, maintenance needs and wasted gas, according to a new report released Thursday by private transportation research group TRIP.

The report estimates that the average St. Louis driver spends 31 hours a year stuck in traffic and that almost 30 percent of the major roads in the St. Louis area need to be reconstructed because they’ve deteriorated beyond the scope of surface-level repair.

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A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure. 

Off the Clock: The Sassy I-70 Signs and the Woman Responsible for Them

Apr 10, 2015
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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment, KBIA’s Abigail Keel chats with Linda Wilson Horn, the woman who writes the sassy messages on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Dynamic Message signs along I-70. 

An audit released Thursday takes issue with some spending decisions made by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation completed designs for permanent repairs to a crack found in a bridge near Boonville today.

District Bridge Engineer Alan Trampe said crews found a crack on Mar. 16 in one of the steel beams under one lane of the bridge. Trampe said the crack was roughly three-inches long.


Missouri's transportation director says a lane closure on an Interstate 70 bridge is one symptom of problems arising from a funding shortfall.

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The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill that will increase the maximum weight limits for trucks carrying livestock across state highways.

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Missouri's director of transportation Dave Nichols will step down at the beginning of May.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation central district selected fourteen applicants for federal funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program. The program is part of a federal mandate that requires states to allocate a certain amount of money to local transportation projects, such as constructing or repairing sidewalks, pedestrian paths, or bicycle trails. Missouri is allotted roughly $18 million, with the central district receiving $3 million.


The state's top transportation official has proposed fully maintaining only one-quarter of Missouri's highways because of a funding shortfall. 

Citizens for Modern Transit has been advocating for public transportation in the St. Louis region for thirty years. But at a lunch last week celebrating its anniversary, the focus was on the future. Keynote speakers included Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.

Missouri transportation leaders are looking to regroup following voters' overwhelming rejection of a proposed  sales tax to fund road and bridge improvements on Tuesday.

Despite supporters spending millions, the measure lost by roughly 58 percent to 41 percent. And it lost across the state -- in St. Louis, St. Louis County, the Kansas City area and even in rural parts of the state. In St. Louis and St. Louis County, the measure went down by a 2-to-1 margin.

Missouri officials have approved a list of more than 800 projects that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax for transportation on the August ballot.

The list endorsed Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission totals $4.8 billion over a decade for state roads, bridges and other modes of transportation.

Local governments also would get a share of the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax for their own transportation projects.

The state list includes 330 new or improved bridges and 3,255 miles of resurfacing on roads.

For years now the state of Missouri’s infrastructure has been a concern for public officials, politicians and Missourians on the whole.The Missouri Department of Transportation and state legislators have come up with a way to combat the department’s shrinking budget, but it’s up to Missouri voters to approve it. Amendment 7 will be on the August ballot: it’s a three quarter cent statewide sales tax increase on everything except groceries and medicine.

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Missouri highway officials are proposing to widen Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City if voters approve a transportation sales tax.