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  • TAC prioritizes area transportation needs

  • A new Route 242 to the toll bridge, a new or improved highway corridor from Kansas City to Route 242, expanded public transit services and several other projects made the list of the Lake area's transportation priorities that are being submitted to the Missouri Department of Transportation Central District.
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  • A new Route 242 to the toll bridge, a new or improved highway corridor from Kansas City to Route 242, expanded public transit services and several other projects made the list of the Lake area's transportation priorities that are being submitted to the Missouri Department of Transportation Central District.
    The transportation advisory committee (TAC) for the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG) finalized the new priority list that included both road and bridge and multi-modal projects on May 6. Results from a survey helped garner project ideas and estimate the public's general priorities to develop a scoring matrix.
    The top 15 road and bridge projects and the top 15 multi-modal projects from the TAC — including those listed above — will be evaluated at MoDOT's Central District level with input from representatives from each of its five regional planning committees. This group will winnow the list further before top officials hammer out a final statewide list.
    The Central District meeting will be held in Jefferson City on May 28. Osage Beach Public Works Director Nick Edelman, Morgan County Eastern District Commissioner Rodney Shad and Lebanon Public Works Director Richard Shockley are scheduled to represent the TAC's priority list at the district meeting. Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken was selected as an alternate representative.
    The TAC began the process of creating the list of 30 projects in February after being approached by MoDOT officials to develop a list of projects to propose to Missouri voters if the Missouri General Assembly passes House Joint Resolution 68.
    Sponsored by Rep. Dave Hinson (R), HJR 68 proposes a constitutional amendment to implement a 10-year state-wide sales and use tax of 1 percent that would be used for transportation projects. At the end of 10 years, Missouri voters would vote whether or not to keep the tax with another list of projects at that time.
    In addition to shoring up MoDOT's budget by bolstering flagging fuel tax revenues, 5 percent of revenues from the sales tax would go to aid county transportation funds and 5 percent to city transportation funds.
    The likelihood of HJR 68 reaching voters appears to be dwindling, however, as the last day of the legislative session, May 16, fast approaches. While the Missouri Senate has passed the bill, the House of Representatives set aside the measure after a debate between Republicans and Democrats in April over an amendment that would have allowed funding for bicycle paths. The bill is not scheduled for a hearing, and it is not currently on a House calendar.
    If the bill were to pass in the legislature, it would be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
    The fuel tax will remain in place whether or not the sales tax passes. Approximately 70 percent of MoDOT's funding currently comes from federal and state fuel taxes
    Page 2 of 3 - Without the additional funding from the sales tax - estimated at $700 million - MoDOT officials have indicated new projects outside maintenance will be few and far between. Its annual budget has shrunk from $1.3 billion in 2009 to $746 million in 2013 with projections of $325 million by 2018. The declining revenues are also occurring as purchasing power declines.
    The Lake area projects that have been proposed could still be implemented in the regular State Transportation Improvement Plan, but would likely not have the funding to move forward any time soon.
    The state road system has more than 33,680 miles of roadway to maintain, ranking seventh in size nationwide and 40th in funding per mile, according to MoDOT.
     
    Project List
    These projects were scored in accordance with MoDOT's four pillars of priorities developed during its On the Move tour of the state, including maintenance, safety, economic development, connections and choices and region specific significance. The scores were also weighted in each of those categories based on whether it was a highway, transit or bike/pedestrian project.
     
    Road & Bridge projects with total score
    • Hwy. 52 center lane Fairgrounds to Hwy. 5 and 135 (Morgan Co.): 1,073
    • New Route 242 from toll bridge to Hwy. 5 (Camden Co.): 1,068
    • Hwy. 5 center turn lane in Laurie to Hwy.5/135 (Morgan Co.): 1,059
    • 5 lanes Hwy. 42 from 134 to 54 (Miller Co.): 1,031
    • Kansas City Corridor - Road from Cole Camp to toll bridge (Morgan Co.): 989
    • Revamp, added shoulders and overlay on highways O, P, D, E, T, W and M (Morgan Co.): 980
    • Enhance Hwy. 5 to I-44 Expressway by creating new roadway over or under BNSF railway (Laclede Co.): 979
    •  Parkway extension in Osage Beach (Camden Co.): 971
    • Replace bridge over Goodwin Hollow on Hwy. 64 (Laclede Co.): 964
    • Widen South Hwy. 5 from Bland Rd. to Lebanon city limits (Laclede Co.): 956
    • Improvements to Hwy. A/Tavern Creek bridge (Miller Co.): 934
    • Hwy. 54/FF overpass (Miller Co.): 922
    • Improvements to Hwy. P off Hwy. 5 center and right turn (Morgan Co.): 910
    • Update Route 5 from Hurricane Deck through Gravois Mills with 3 lanes (Camden Co.): 905
    • Overpass Hwy. 54/Business 54/W (Miller Co.): 901
     
    Multi-Modal projects with total score
    • Expand Oats, taxi and medical assistance services by 25 percent throughout Morgan County: 1,030
    • Expand Oats, taxi and medical assistance services by 25 percent throughout Camden County: 950
    • Expand rural transit services by 25 percent throughout Miller County: 931
    • New sidewalks in all municipalities within Morgan County: 925
    Page 3 of 3 - • Labeled crosswalks in the City of Laurie: 923
    • Sidewalk improvements on Washington St. in Lebanon to be ADA compliant: 855
    • Enhance south Hwy. 5 project with sidewalks parallel to Hwy. 5 (Laclede Co.): 788
    • New sidewalks that are ADA compliant in all municipalities within Miller County: 773
    • Walking/bike trail connecting proposed middle school east loop crossing the Lebanon Hospital, Boswell Elementary to Atchley Park (Laclede Co.): 757
    • Pedestrian attachment to Walnut Bowl - Bridge Hwy. 54 - Osage Beach Parkway (Camden Co.): 736
    • Rails to trails through Versailles: 688
    •  Update runway lighting, mill and overlay asphalt, precision approach path finder indicator at the Floyd W. Jones Lebanon Airport: 618
    • Camdenton Airport expansion (runway expansion H21 and new terminal building H21) with runway to 6,000 feet to accommodate regional jets: 664
    • New terminal facility, parking lot and hangers that conform to current TSA standards at Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport (Camden Co.): 571
    • Versailles airport runway extension and taxiway: 621

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