Public Comment Period Opens on Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
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JEFFERSON CITY – The draft FY 2023-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, today. A 30-day public review and comment period begins today.
The STIP makes available $9.9 billion of federal and state revenues for all modes of transportation over the next five years. Of the $9.9 billion, the draft STIP details $7.69 billion in road and bridge construction contractor awards, averaging approximately $1.5 billion per year.
“A key component of this STIP, reflective of Missourians’ needs, wants, and desires for their transportation system, is a focus on asset management— taking care of what we have,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “We have a large system to take care of, and we’ve developed asset management plans for each district, which focus on preventive maintenance improvements to keep our nearly 34,000 miles of roads and 10,400 bridges in good condition.”
The draft FY 2023- 2027 STIP lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2023 through 2027 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2027).
“We appreciate the cooperative effort with our regional planning partners to develop a program that reflects the transportation needs of communities across the state,” said MoDOT Transportation Planning Director Eric Curtit.
The proposed program is available for public review. Those interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT by email to STIPcomments@ modot.mo.gov, by calling customer service at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or by mail to Transportation Planning, Program Comments, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The program is available on MoDOT’s website: https://www. modot.org/DRAFTSTIP. The formal comment period ends June 17, 2022.
Following the public review period, the comments will be presented to the Commission. The Commission will review the comments and the final transportation program before considering it for approval at its July 6 meeting.
Clark County projects included in the plan are:
•Pavement resurfacing from 2.5 miles east of Rte. BB to Rte. 61 near Alexandria (two disconnected sections), to begin in late 2022.
•Bridge improvement over drainage ditch 3 miles west of Rte. 61 near Alexandria. Project involves bridge F0955, set for 2026.
•Roadway improvement from the Iowa State line to east of Rte. 136 near Alexandria. This is a 2023 project.
•Pavement improvements from the Iowa State line to 0.5 mile north of Rte. B in Lewis County near LaGrange (nine disconnected sections). Project includes southbound and northbound lanes on Rte. 27 from the Iowa State line to the Rte. 61 interchange. This project is planned for 2024.
•Pavement resurfacing from Iowa State line to Rte. 136 at Kahoka. Work should start late in 2022.