Serving northeast missouri counties
MoDOT Update – deputy director Ed Hassinger
1 Missouri’s transportation revenue totaled approximately $2.5 billion in 2019. Roughly two-thirds came from fuel tax and other user fees ($1.559 billion) with one-third from federal funding ($960 million) and just $18 million from Missouri general revenue. In FY 2019 Missouri received $778 million federal reimbursement for state highway improvements and $104 million for cities and counties as well as $59 million for multimodal projects and $19 million in highway safety grants to improve roadway safety.
2 The John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge (formerly the Broadway Bridge), is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. 169 over the Missouri River serving as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected lifespan. Opened in 1956, the bridge recently celebrated its 60th year of operation. Since that time, the neighborhoods and communities on both sides of the bridge have changed significantly and now nearly 50,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.
3 The new Rocheport Bridge will replace an existing 60-year-old 3,000-foot truss-and-beam fracture critical facility that is near the end of its service life. Built in 1960, the Rocheport Bridge is currently rated in poor condition. It carries 12.5 million vehicles per year, including 3.6 million trucks. A new 3,000-foot bridge will enable vehicles on I-70 to continue to pass over the Missouri River, its floodplain, Katy Trail, and the Overton Bottoms Conservation Area. The new Rocheport Bridge will be built to accommodate six lanes between Kansas City and St. Louis. The bridge and related improvements are expected to have a $260 million price tag. The project is funded in part by an $81 million federal grant that triggered $301 million in state bonding to fund the Focus on Bridge program set to repair or replace 215 of the state’s worst bridges.