Jefferson City, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to improve the remainder of the state's 5,600 miles of major highways over the next five years. These highways will receive wider stripes and rumble stripes, brighter signs, paved shoulders, and smooth pavement that will bring 85 percent of Missouri's major highway system up to good condition by the end of 2011.
MoDOT's new program, called Better Roads, Brighter Future, targets highways carrying 80 percent of all traffic on the state highway system — that's 103 million miles traveled a day. About 95 percent of all Missourians live within 10 miles of one of these roads.
The five-year program will cost $1.1 billion, using existing funds allocated for taking care of the state highway system. To kick-start the program, MoDOT is adding or accelerating 34 projects into its construction program for 2007. Additional projects will be added each year through 2011.