The Senate is now involved in I-70 toll road debate
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The Senate is now involved in I-70 toll road debate

Date: February 6, 2012
By: Stacey Kafka
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1277 SB 752

Intro: 
The introduction of a new bill adds the Senate to the debate over turning I-70 into a tollroad.
RunTime:  0:33
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Senator Mike Kehoe proposed a new bill allowing the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to partner with private companies to reconstruct I-70.

This would allow these companies to create a toll road.

Kehoe says creating a toll road isn't the only option.

Actuality:  MKEHOE2.WAV
Run Time:  00:10
Description: "Projects like this are going to have to become part of Missouri's transportation conversation, whether this is the solution, or whether we come up with another solution. Something has to be done."

Partnering with private companies means voters will not have to approve this plan.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

Intro: 
The introduction of a new bill adds the Senate to the debate over turning I-70 into a toll road.
RunTime:  0:38
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Senator Mike Kehoe introduced the bill that would allow the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to partner with private companies to improve the infrastructure on I-70.

Since session began in January, legislators introduced a number of bills dealing with highway improvements.

Kehoe says this discussion won't be easy.

Actuality:  MKEHOE3.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "This'll divide a lot of people on how we pay for infrastructure funding. So obviously there are some good folks in the house who said we'll figure out a way to stop tolling and put legislation forward that will stop that."
 
Partnering with a private company would eliminate voter approval.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.


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