I-70 a toll road? Not yet... But maybe eventually.
Wrap: The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation is proposing to make I-70 a toll road to finance reconstruction of the highway between Kansas City and St. Louis.
And it will soon be in the hands of the state legislature.
The department's chief engineer David Nichols says they have had contact with several lawmakers.
|Description: "We begin our formal discussions with our legislators in January when we introduce or try to introduce some legislation to get the opportunity to do a public private partnership."|
The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation is proposing to make I-70 a toll road to finance reconstruction of the highway.
Wrap: I-70 was one of the first interstate construction projects for the US in the 1950s.
But the Missouri Department of Transportation Chief Engineer David Nichols says the road could use some work.
|Description: "We also have a congestion challenge or problem across the corridor. Anybody who drives it knows that there is a lot of congestion across the corridor and that will only get worse with time."|
Nichols says they want to add a dedicated truck lane or possibly an additional lane in each direction.
But it will all come after the state legislators and voters pass the proposal of making I-70 a toll road.
They must authorize the department to enter into a public private partnership to finance reconstruction.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Mengti Xu.