The Missouri Department of Transportation today released a draft list of projects that could improve safety, create jobs, and boost the state's economy for the next 10 years. The projects are estimated to cost $4.8 billion and would rely on Missouri voters to approve a 3/4 of a cent sales tax increase in August.
The list includes various projects in Southwest Missouri, among them passing lanes will be added on parts of Route 171 in Carl Junction and sidewalks will be improved on 7th Street in Joplin.
"There are a lot of people walking around Missouri today that would not be here had we not made those improvements and we need to continue on that path and continue saving lives and creating jobs," says Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury.
The transportation commission is taking public comment on the issue. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday June 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce at 320 East 4th.
For more information and to see the complete list of projects visit www.modot.org/movingforward