MoDOT Hosts Public Meeting in Maryville to Share Proposed Projects

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 06/17 2014 09:01PM

Updated 06/17 2014 10:15PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) One hundred and thirty one proposed transportation improvements.

That is what MoDOT representatives from northwest Missouri showed off to the public at a meeting in Maryville on Tuesday.

"MODOT has put out statewide, what projects we anticipate doing and so this is a draft list and by collecting public input, we can see if we are on track," said Mike Rinehart with MoDOT.

The proposed improvements would range from bridge replacements to new interchanges.

It's a 5.4 billion dollar investment in the state and would need to be approved by voters in August.

"Legislators have put out a three quarter cent temporary, tenure sales tax," said Rinehart. "It's all for transportation purposes so anything transportation related, funds can be spent on."

If approved some of the money would also go to counties and cities for local improvements.

Nodaway County Commissioner Bob Westfall said they could use that funding.

"We still have about 70 deficient bridges or so in Nodaway County out of the 380 we have so we could utilize that money to really help out," Westfall said.

As part of Tuesday's open house, representatives from the Northwest Regional Council of Governments also met with people.

They were in charge of deciding what roads needed improved.

"Basically we put together a list, we ask our members to go out and drive their roads, look at them and make suggestions, then we come together and prioritize them regionally," said Dana Ternus with the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Government.

But no matter what improvements they decide, they say it will only happen if voters approve the tax.

"It'll be up to the voters," Westfall said. "I'm glad they're putting it on the ballot. It should be the people that decide, not everyone likes the sales tax, but we've gotta do something."

See a complete list of the proposed projects here.

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