ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A bid to provide the Missouri Department of Transportation with millions of extra dollars per year went down in flames Tuesday with the failure of Amendment 7.
“You know, we’re disappointed, but the people spoke,” says Greg Horn, St. Louis District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Transportation officials had big plans for the nearly half-a-billion dollars a year that would have been raised by a higher sales tax.
MoDOT will use the money they have for maintenance, Horn says, pointing out that that money will be depleted in three years unless new funding sources are found.
“So we’re going to do with what we can, and up until like 2017, our funding drops below where we can maintain the system and the condition that it is today,” Horn says.
One of the major projects that would have been funded if Amendment 7 had passed was a complete rebuild of Interstate 270 in North County, one of the region’s oldest and most delapidated corridors. Other projects put on hold include a new interchange at interstates 70 and 170 and bus rapid transit for Metro.
“Safety is still our No. 1 concern,” Horn says. “We’re going to still do as much as we can to maintain those, our safety and our roads and bridges.”
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