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Lt. Gov. Opposes Closing of Major St. Louis Highway

January 19, 2005
By: Jade Mingus
State Capital Bureau

MoDot's plan to shut down parts of Highway 40 in St. Louis meets opposition from the Lt. Governor.

Jade Mingus has more from the state Capitol.

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More than one-hundred seventy thousand cars travel Highway 40 everyday in St. Louis.

But that may change if Modot's plan goes through to shut down parts of Highway 40 from Spoede Road to Sarah Street.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder wrote letters to MoDot Director Pete Rahn and the Missouri Highway Commission in protest of the closing.

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Contents: I think what we've got to communicate to the public the idea of closing Highway 40 for the next three and half years is completely unacceptable.

Kinder suggests a different option that would maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction and limit other closures to late nights and weekends.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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A top Missouri politician speaks out against a MoDot project proposed for the St. Louis area.

Jade Mingus has more from the State Capitol.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking at an option to close down Highway 40 in St. Louis over the next three years for construction.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says the move would be deterimental to local businesses.

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Contents: Complete closure would devestate businesses along the route, our hospitals are on that corridor, it's the main east west corridor.

Kinder wants another option which includes limiting lane closures to late evenings and weekends.

Kinder's plan would take longer than Modot's proposed three and half years.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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A top Missouri politican is speaking out against MoDot's plan to shut down part of a major St. Louis highway.

Jade Mingus has more from the state capitol.

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More than 170,000 cars may have to find another route if MoDot's proposal to shut down parts of Highway 40 goes through.

The Highway would be closed from Spoede Road to Sarah Street.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says the closing would hurt the area economically.

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Contents: Massive economic dislocation, you'd be looking at businesses not only being hurt but closing altogether.

Modot's proposal would take three and a half years to finish.

Kinder wants another option that includes limiting lane closures to late nights and weekends, but that would slow down constrction.

From the state capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.