Public Comment Period Opens On Statewide Program
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JEFFERSON CITY – A draft 2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. A 30-day public review and comment period began Thursday, May 6.
In Shelby County, the listed projects are:
Shelby County projects include:
-Pavement improvements from Rte. 168 at Shelbyville to just north of Rte. 36 at Shelbina. MO 15. This 7.19 mile project is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2022, at a cost of $225,000.
-Resurfacing 32.04 miles of Hwy. 15 from the Rt. 6 north junction to Rt. 168 at Shelbyville, and upgrading pedestrian facilities to comply with ADA Transition Plan. Rumbles tripes will also be added. The project is expected to cost $5,263,000, and is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2021.
Missouri Department of Transportation Planning Director Eric Curtit told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,417 highway and bridge projects, of which 84% will maintain the system in the condition it is in today. On average, this STIP annually invests in 740 lane miles of interstate pavements, 1,387 miles of major route pavements, 2,733 miles of minor route pavements and 277 bridges.
Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,832 miles of roadways and 10,397 bridges but ranks 45th nationally in revenue per mile.
“MoDOT’s priority is maintaining the existing system of highways and bridges,” Curtit said. “We have developed asset management plans for each district, which focus on preventive maintenance improvements to keep good roads and bridges in good condition. If preventive maintenance investments were not made, the cost of improving the asset in poor condition can cost four to ten times more.”