How should Missouri spend its money on transportation? Here’s a chance to weigh in

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The state of Missouri has a lot of things it needs to take care of when it comes to transportation, but not enough money to address them all. Actually, the state has more than $1 billion worth of transportation-related projects—like fixing roads and bridges or building out public transit—that don’t currently have the funding they need to be completed.

That will be changing as the state gets more funds for transportation through things like the federal government’s infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden is coming to town to promote.

To figure out which projects will get funded, the state made a list of these needed transportation projects, and it wants residents to help them prioritize what needs to be addressed first.

Readers have asked our Service Journalism team about opportunities to weigh in on things like public transit and bike lanes, and here’s one chance.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is hosting public meetings to gather input about how the state should spend its money on transportation, and it wants to hear from you.

The meeting in Kansas City is Tuesday, Dec. 7.

What are some projects being considered for state funding?

Several improvements to make it easier to get around Kansas City are on the state’s list to be considered for funding, such as improvements to downtown, I-435 and I-170, and improving road conditions in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte Counties.

Bridges in Liberty and Independence are also on the list to potentially receive funding for repairs.

“Even with additional revenue, transportation needs greatly outweigh funding available, and the challenge is determining the optimal projects to fund that provide the greatest return on investment to taxpayers,” Patrick McKenna, MoDOT Director, said in a statement. “Across every region of the state, feedback from Missourians has consistently prioritized maintaining the existing system as the highest priority. Other priorities include improving safety, spur economic growth, and provide more transportation choices.”

How can I participate?

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7, you can weigh in on what Missouri’s Department of Transportation should prioritize when it comes to improving transit in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties at the Mid-America Regional Council office at 600 Broadway Blvd, Suite 200.

Can’t make it? You can submit your comments and voice your concerns using this form here.

Have more questions about transportation in the Kansas City area? Ask us at kcq@kcstar.com or using this form below, and we’ll do our best to look into it.

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