New state transportation program focuses on roadway maintenance
Every year, the Missouri Department of Transportation releases its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which lists all transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for a five-year period.
This year, the draft 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as the “STIP,” is available for public review and comment through May 31, 2013.
“Projects listed in the STIP represent our commitments to the state of Missouri,” said MoDOT Director Dave Nichols. “Our planning partners have helped us determine what projects are priorities based on the funding available, and the STIP puts them on a schedule for completion.”
Several years ago, the STIP contained over a billion dollars’ worth of road and bridge construction projects each year, generating jobs, boosting the economy and expanding the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the state and the country.
A dramatic reduction in transportation funding, however, makes today’s STIP look very different.
“For the most part, this draft STIP features projects that focus on maintaining the transportation system we have,” said Nichols. “Asphalt overlays, preventative maintenance and rehabilitation projects make up the majority of our $700 million program.”
The draft 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018). The proposed program is available for public review beginning May 1. Those interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT’s customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The program is also available on MoDOT’s website, www.modot.org, and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state. The formal comment period ends May 31, 2013.
Following the public review period, the comments will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission will review the comments and the final transportation program before considering it for approval at its July 10 meeting in Rolla.
MoDOT is also engaged in a long-term planning effort called “On the Move.” The department is working through the summer to gather direction and insight from Missourians on major transportation issues and priorities. Where the draft STIP represents specific obligations for transportation over a five-year period, On the Move will identify and prioritize transportation needs and solutions for the next 20 years. Learn more about On the Move at www.missourionthemove.org.