ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Only a handful of states in the nation rank higher than Missouri when it comes to roads.
A new report based on numbers from 2009 came out Tuesday from “The Reason Foundation,” ranking Missouri 8th for “highway performance and efficiency.”
“There’s some good things in here but just take them with a grain of salt,” says Ed Hassinger, chief engineer for Missouri Department of Transportation. “This is a picture what 2009 looked like and we’re already in 2013.”
Hassinger points out that MoDOT is having to get by with roughly half the annual budget it had four years ago, when money from the now defunct “Amendment 3” fund was available for roads and bridges.
“When this [study] was done we had a program of 1.2 to 1.3 billion dollars a year we were spending on making roads and bridges better in Missouri and today that’s about half that much,” he says.