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MoDOT director delivers State of Transportation address

February 2, 2005
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

Missouri Department of Transportation director Pete Rahn promised a brighter future for the department in his State of Transportation Address. Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol.

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In his address, Rahn outlined the Smoother, Safer, Sooner plan.

The first phase of the plan includes better pavement, safer shoulders, and more visible roadway for more than two-thousand miles of road by 2007.

Rahn says Amendment 3 will help pay for the broad initiatives.

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Contents: "And I want to stress--every dollar of Amendment 3 revenues will go to our roads. No new buildings. No added personnel." (Applause)

The department plans to spend 1.7 billion dollars on the improvements. From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey

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"Buckle-up!"...That's what the Missouri Department of Transportation head man told the General Assembly Wednesday.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol.

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In his State of Transportation Address Pete Rahn urged the General Assembly to pass a primary seat belt law.

The current seatbelt law allows officers to write a ticket only if the driver has been pulled over for another offense.

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Contents: "I realize that many believe this is an issue of individual choice. I would suggest that is not the issue at all. State law already says that everyone must wear a seatbelt."

Rahn says at least 90 lives would be saved every year if the law passed.

Each year more than 1,000 people die on Missouri roads.

From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey.

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Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn laid out plan to improve Missouri roads before the General Assembly.

Andrea Ramey has more from the state Capitol.

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The first phase of the Smoother, Safer, Sooner plan will provide better pavement, safer shoulders, and more visible roadway for more than 2,000 miles by 2007.

The second phase includes 55 projects like congestion relief work on the Triangle in Kansas City and repairing the Route 67 Missouri River bridge in St. Louis.

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Contents: "It is ambitious, but we are ambitious. We will confront the realities of the present and anticipate the realities of the present and anticipate the challenges of the future."

The third phase of the plan has not been determined but will be in place later this spring. From the state Capitol, I'm Andrea Ramey