Missouri's ability to invest in its roads and bridges continues to shrink, and that means fewer projects to keep them in good condition.
Yesterday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) - its five-year list of projects that are planned by state and regional agencies. The draft STIP was released in May for public review and comment.
"This year, the draft STIP demonstrates the commitment MoDOT has made to projects that focus on primary routes and taking care of the existing highway system," said MoDOT Interim Director Roberta Broeker.
The total number of projects in this STIP's five-year highway and bridge construction schedule is 577. That's a decrease of 246 projects from last year's final STIP. The 2016-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2016 through 2020 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020).