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Budget Cuts Leave MoDOT Unsure About Its Future

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Missouri Department of Transportation officials announce the opening of the Mid Rivers Mall Drive overpass over I-70 on November 8, 2013.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials announce the opening of the Mid Rivers Mall Drive overpass over I-70 on November 8, 2013.

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ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOX) - There were cheers in St. Peters Friday morning as ribbon was cut on the new Mid Rivers Mall Drive overpass over I-70 but for the Missouri Department of Transportation, those cheers are quickly turning to fears about the future.

MoDOT’s Interim District Engineer Greg Horne says annual funding has gone from $1.3 billion a few years ago to a projected annual budget of $430,000 a couple years from now.

Under the budget cuts, Horne says there will be no funds for new bridges. Instead, MoDOT will only be maintaining what it already has.

“The truth is, after that, if we can’t match our federal dollars, we’re going to be looking at what bridges and roads we have to close,” he said.

Horne says other states have found ways to keep their transportation systems modern and it is now time for Missouri to do the same.

In recent months, MoDOT has received comments from about 12,000 Missourians about their transportation desires. Those desires total about $70 billion.

Currently, MoDOT has about $17 billion to spend over the next 20 years.

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