I-70 Toll Plan Hits Big Pothole

Maria Keena

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Legislators in Jefferson City have thrown up a major roadblock against the idea of turning Interstate 70 into a toll road.

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives stuck to their guns Tuesday and voted to keep the transportation department from establishing tolls on the highway. The bill’s wording says there will be no toll roads unless voters approve them.  The Bill will requires a third reading before going to the Senate for passage….

“We think it’s good public policy to discuss every option for funding infrastructure in the state of Missouri,” said a clearly disappointed Missouri transportation spokesman Bob Brendel. “But ultimately, MoDOT will follow the direction of the legislature.”

Brendel added that without tolls, improvements to I-70 could take 20 to 40 years to complete.

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