Transportation Funds Are Approved For Missouri

Needed improvements to Missouri’s highways and bridges is being given the green light. Karen Johnson explains how.

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or “STIP,” approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, will enable the Missouri Department of Transportation to protect the current condition of state highways and bridges – a $54 billion asset that carries a $125 billion replacement cost. Transportation Planning Director Machelle Watkins told commissioners the STIP includes 605 new projects that invest in 2,247 lane-miles of interstate pavements, 3,302 miles of major route pavements, 7,462 miles of minor route pavements and 499 bridges.Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,873 miles of roadways and 10,394 bridges. I’m Karen Johnson.