ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The long list of on-going and new daily road construction on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website never ends. But the roadwork demands in the St. Louis area and MoDOT’s financial situation are not directly correlated.
Greg Horn, MoDOT District Engineer for the St. Louis region, says all the construction may just be an illusion of new and sustainable.
“We are just trying to hold our system together really,” Horn says.
Horn admits the funding crisis has eased a bit the last couple of years, and with matching funds, MoDOT has an annual budget above $600 million.
“Really what we are saying is … we have enough money to maintain our system,” Horn says. “But not really to … what we should be doing – build new to our system.”
Some of the projects it would like to take on, like to completely rebuild Interstate 70 statewide or the Interstate 270 corridor, would cost billions of dollars, which is outside the MoDOT budget, Horn says.
He describes most of the construction people are seeing now as simple maintenance.
“Like on 44, it’s rebuilding the bridges that are old and ready to be closed down,” Horn says. “It’s resurfacing the pavement. Milling and resurfacing, that’s the bulk of what we are doing.”
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