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MODOT looks for new funding

November 19, 2003
By: Zack Ottenstein
State Capital Bureau

Once again, MoDOT is asking lawmakers to give them toll road authority. Zack Ottenstein reports from Jefferson City.

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Lawmakers gathered Wednesday to hear from MODOT officials about their yearly performance and plans for the future.

The department says it needs more funds in order to maintain its current roads and continue building new ones.

Department Director Henry Hungerbeeler says the funds would be used to do work on I-70.

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Contents: Hungerbeeler says toll authority would allow the department to accelerate the rebuilding of I-70.

In order to get toll road authority, voters would have to pass it on the ballot.

Voters have defeated similar initiatives in the past.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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A new bill from Washington could give MODOT a big funding boost. Zack Ottenstein has more from Jefferson City.

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Lawmakers gathered Wednesday to hear from MODOT officials about their yearly performance and plans for the future.

MODOT says it needs more funds in order to maintain existing roads and work on new projects.

Department Director Henry Hungerbeeler says the passage of one U.S. Senate bill could raise more than one billion dollars for MODOT over the next several years.

Hungerbeeler says the money will go into more than just new projects.

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Contents: Hungerbeeler says he will recommend some of the funds be used to maintain already built roads.

While the bill has passed through its initial committee chaired by Missouri Sen. Kit Bond (R), it has yet to reach the Senate floor.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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