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MoDOT Hoping For Permanent Transportation Funding Solution

Michael Calhoun
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3/2/12-March has hit with Missouri hard with several rounds of bad weather, and MoDOT's hitting back when it comes to repairing the damage winter weather leaves behind. During the month of March the agency's "Pothole Patrol" promises to fix any large, dangerous potholes within 24 hours of receiving an alert from motorists. Potholes can be reported by calling toll-free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT, or online at www.modot.org/stlouis. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

3/2/12-March has hit with Missouri hard with several rounds of bad weather, and MoDOT’s hitting back when it comes to repairing the damage winter weather leaves behind. During the month of March the agency’s “Pothole Patrol” promises to fix any large, dangerous potholes within 24 hours of receiving an alert from motorists. Potholes can be reported by calling toll-free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT, or online at http://www.modot.org/stlouis. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Among those keeping a close eye on the goings-on in Washington D.C. — the Missouri Department of Transportation.

With federal transportation funding about one-third of the way into a temporary extension, MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says if Congress lets that extension expire then the national gas tax — about $110 million/day — will cease to be collected.

He says they need the portion of that tax that comes to the Show-Me State.

“You know, two to three-million dollars per day that we don’t have to spend? We can’t pay the bills,” Hassinger explains. “So we won’t have the money to pay our contractors and projects will shut down.”

He adds MoDOT would sustain for a short while with what cash they have on hand.

But regardless, Hassinger insists, the results would be disastrous.

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