Gov. Jay Nixon today received an analysis from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission of options for utilizing tolls to improve and expand Interstate 70 and free up resources for road and bridge projects around the state. Earlier this month, the Governor sent a letter to Commission Chair Stephen Miller, requesting that the Commission provide the analysis by Dec. 31.
“A strong, safe and reliable transportation infrastructure is critical to our ability to create jobs and grow our economy, so I appreciate the Commission’s work to complete this report,” Gov. Nixon said. “I look forward to reviewing the report in greater detail, particularly its analysis of how this approach, already in use in other states, could free up resources for road and bridge projects statewide, while minimizing the costs and inconvenience to drivers through technological advances. Moving forward, this report will help facilitate an informed, robust discussion about meeting our most pressing transportation infrastructure needs in a way that benefits all Missourians.”
The Governor said that tolls could be an opportunity to free up resources currently dedicated to repair and maintenance on I-70 so they could be used for road and bridge projects across the state. In addition, tolls could ensure that the costs for improving and expanding I-70 would be borne proportionately by the heavy trucks that cause the most wear and tear to the roadway, and that out-of-state users also pay their fair share. The report also notes that I-70 is the only interstate for which Missouri has provisional approval from the federal government to collect tolls.
A copy of the report is available here.