U.S. 54 Bridge Work begins in Callaway County

Sep 6, 2017
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Updates to a bridge in Kingdom City began Tuesday. One lane will be closed on eastbound U.S. Route 54 over Interstate 70.

Missouri Department of Transportation Central District Area Manager Mike Schupp says that with condensed eastbound traffic, evening travelers are more likely to experience delays.

“I definitely expect it to slow down some in the evening hour,” said Schupp.

Schupp said that all on- and off-ramps to and from I-70 will remain open.

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More than 230 roads remain closed across the state of Missouri, including Route 63 near Vienna, between Rolla and Jefferson City. Today Interstate 55 closed in the southbound direction at noon between St. Louis and Jefferson counties according to information from MoDOT. The northbound lanes of I-55 are expected to close this evening. Travelers need to find alternate routes to travel east and west and now north and south in Missouri.

MoDOT Follows Gov. Greitens' Parental Leave Policy

Mar 20, 2017

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced it would follow Gov. Eric Greitens' parental leave policy Thursday morning.

The policy calls for six weeks of paid leave for Missouri state employees who are primary caregivers. Secondary caregivers can receive three weeks. Parents paid leave starts after birth or an adoption. The policy only pertains to state executive branch agencies.

MoDOT Outreach Coordinator Robert Brendel said this was the best decision for employees.

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.

Construction Begins on Business Loop 70

Oct 26, 2016
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Construction began Tuesday morning on Business Loop 70 in Columbia between College and Illinois Avenue.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working on improving rusted culvert pipes in the area, and construction will take place every day for the next month and a half from 7 am to 5 pm.

MoDOT maintenance Super Intendant Mike Belt says they’re doing daytime work because it’s easier to work with city utilities during the day.

MoDot Looks to Sell Old, Historic Bridges

Oct 14, 2016

The department of transportation is selling the bridge that crosses the Bourbeuse River on Route B in Phelps County. The bridge was built in 1934 and has historic value, according to MoDot. For this reason, MoDot must offer the bridge for sale before demolishing it.

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.

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to raise the state's fuel tax to pay for road and bridge projects.

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Missouri lawmakers are looking beyond the usual places for funding road and bridge repairs after they promised to make the issue a priority this session.

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Stage four of the six-stage Lafayette Street Interchange Project in Jefferson City will begin this Friday. 


Motorists in the Columbia area may have to alter their normal driving route.

As the second phase of construction begins for three Columbia-area bridges on Interstate 70, the Missouri Department of Transportation is warning travelers of traffic impacts around the city.

According to a MoDOT press release, I-70 westbound traffic at Garth Avenue and Rangeline Street will be redirected to new westbound bridges. The lane shift at Rangeline will begin the evening of December 8, and the Garth shift will start the evening of December 9.

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A New Hampshire transportation official has been chosen as the new director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is offering to hand over a historic bridge for free.

Jefferson City Airport Reopens After Renovations

Oct 20, 2015
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The Jefferson City Memorial Airport reopened Monday after a 12-day closure for renovations on the runways.

Columbia Bridge Work to Close I-70

Oct 13, 2015
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Starting tonight, construction on Interstate 70 bridges at Rangeline Street, Business Loop 70 and Garth Avenue will leave one lane of I-70 open in each direction overnight from 9pm to 5am Monday through Friday. The bridges will remain open with two lanes in each direction during the day.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is investigating about 10 percent of the 200 ideas it's received under a new program aimed at improving Interstate 70.

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Missouri transportation officials say hundreds of bridges across Missouri need repairs or replacing, but the state agency that oversees bridges doesn't have the money for the work.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it's still paying off debt it assumed for bridge work a few years ago and new funding sources are needed to make the necessary repairs and replacements.

In the meantime, some bridges around Missouri have to be closed rather than risk carrying traffic.

Apparently it's never too early to prepare for winter.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it's looking for new drivers in the St. Louis area to help plow snow from roads this winter.  The state agency is currently looking for 26 full-time and 55 seasonal drivers.

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  The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all four lanes of U.S. Highway 61 at the Cuivre River near Troy due to high water.

Heavy Rain Closes 30 Roads Across Missouri

Jun 17, 2015
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

With heavy rain forecasted throughout the next few days across the state, the Missouri Department of Transportation issued a warning to motorists concerning road closures. According to MoDOT, more than 30 Missouri roads were closed as of Tuesday afternoon and more are expected throughout the week based on weather reports.

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Missouri transportation officials are warning drivers that construction projects will cause delays on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis this summer.

The state is encouraging drivers to avoid using the interstate at peak travel times on Friday and Sunday afternoons. It says delays of up to an hour are possible in some areas.

Alternate routes include U.S. 50 south of the interstate or U.S. 36 to the north.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the main cause of congestion will be work on bridges over the Blackwater River near Marshall Junction.

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  The Missouri Department of Transportation today announced Columbia-based Emory Sapp and Sons as the contractor selected to replace three bridges over Interstate 70. The $18 million project will replace bridges over Business Loop 70, Garth Avenue and Rangeline Street.

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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."

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A new report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released this week said 23 states spent more than a combined $1 billion to combat winter weather from October 2014-April 2015.

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. 

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Missouri lawmakers are proposing a 2-cent gas tax increase as a step toward easing a projected funding shortfall that officials warn could result in the deterioration of many roads and bridges.

Similar proposals considered Tuesday by the full Senate and by a House committee would raise the state's 17-cent fuel tax to 19 cents a gallon in January 2016.

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.