Megan Lynch

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri’s transportation chief calls a new highway construction program approved today “grim”.

Transportation Director Kevin Keith says it’s half the size it once was.  The plan approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is roughly six-hundred million dollars a year, compared to the previous average of one-point-two-billion dollars.

Keith warns in the future, the department won’t have enough to match federal funding, which could cost the state millions of dollars.  He says the focus of the program will be to keep major highways in good condition and keep up with bridge repairs and maintenance.

Keith adds the deep cuts will prevent the department from supporting economic development opportunities, deliver corridor improvements or replace major bridges.

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