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Voters would decide fate of toll roads

January 31, 2001
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau
Links: HJR 7

A plan to allow toll roads in Missouri faced no opposition in a House committee hearing. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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The proposal would ask voters if they want MoDOT to build and maintain toll roads.

MoDOT's John Cauwenbergh says toll roads would be a step in the right direction for the state.

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Contents: Cauwenberg says toll roads wouldn't solve the state's highway funding problem, but it would help.

Cauwenberg says other funding sources would still be necesarry, even if the state built toll roads.

There are 23 states nationwide that currently charge to drive on some highways.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Missouri voters would decide if they want to foot the bill for better highways under a plan being taken up by a House committee. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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The plan would ask voters to decide if they want MoDOT to build and maintain toll roads.

Ken Midkiff of the Sierra Club testified in favor of the proposal.

He says the state should do everything it can to improve roads.

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Contents: Midkiff says it's time drivers from other states pay bills like he does when he drives through Kansas or Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, MoDOT says toll roads would help. But, MoDOT says tolls wouldn't solve the state's transportation funding problem.

They say other funding sources would still be necessary.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.