MoDOT seeks comments on unfunded needs

Missouri’s statewide transportation system consists of 33,830 miles of roads and 10,399 bridges, both of which rank among the largest for any state in the nation. In addition to state-owned highways, the state’s multimodal transportation system also includes airports, public transit systems, ports and waterways, railways and facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Missouri Department of Transportation, working with its statewide regional planning partners, has identified $1 billion in annual unfunded needs.

MoDOT has developed a High Priority Unfunded Needs list to guide the development of projects into funded projects as state and federal transportation funds increase. MoDOT collaborated with Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Planning Commissions across the state to begin identifying specific projects within each category. The purpose of each project was defined — improve bridge condition, improve road condition, increase economic growth and improve safety, or reconstruct a major interstate — then projects were divided into three tiers based on priority.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Patrick McKenna, director of MoDOT, held a public meeting at MARC to gather feedback from the public about the list of unfunded projects specific to the Kansas City district. In the Kansas City district, there are $116 million worth of projects on the tier one list, $438 million on the tier two list, $432 million on the tier three list and $210 million in multimodal unfunded needs.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can submit comments or questions using this comment form until Wednesday, Dec. 22.