Jessica Machetta

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – MoDOT and legislators are saying Interstate 70 is crumbling, but there’s no funding to fix it.

Executive Director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Patrick Jones says tolls are a good option. He adds that Missouri will either have to change its law or constitution to toll I-70.

“Federal Highway Administration in 2005 gave Missouri conditional, provisional approval to put tolls on I-70 under the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program,” says Jones.

Jones says a 1968 law creating a Missouri turnpike authority was rule unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, meaning that tolls could only be implemented if a constitutional amendment is passed.

He says if I-70 is not fixed, it would be a lot more costly to motorists in delays, car repairs and crashes versus paying tolls.

Legislators failed to pass a measure this session.

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