New MoDOT Director Says a Tidal Wave of Repairs on The Horizon

January 28, 2016

Bridges built in Missouri during the Great Depression are already older than their 50-year design life and aging rapidly.

Urging lawmakers to fund a 21st century transportation system, newly named director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Patrick McKenna, told Missouri's Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight, "We'll be facing a virtual tidal wave of replacement needs as we go forward," McKenna said. "So getting further behind, or just treading water, is simply not good enough."

Missouri has not had a gas tax increase since 1996 but recent attempts to raise revenue for roads has been unsuccessful and the proposed Senate gas tax increase of 1.5 cents for automobiles faces resistance from Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.

In a recent report published on Twitter, Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, details how funding has been done in the past and the need to plan ahead for repairs.

In the meantime, 2,000 bridges in the state are in some way deficient, McKenna said.

Watch live progress on I-70 bridge at Garth here:

Source: St.Louis Post-Dispatch