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  • MoDOT's proposes 18 projects for lake area if tax passes

  • Airport improvements, shoulder additions and bridge replacements are some of the projects promised to voters if a three-quarters cent transportation sales tax is approved this August.
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  • Airport improvements, shoulder additions and bridge replacements are some of the projects promised to voters if a three-quarters cent transportation sales tax is approved this August.
    Friday at noon, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission released on the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) website a draft list of the transportation projects and improvements that would be funded by the tax.
    When the Missouri Legislature approved sending a constitutional amendment for the tax to voters, it was promised that a list of projects to be funded by the sales tax revenue over its 10-year span would be available before the vote, Aug. 5.
    The tax issue will be known as Amendment 7 on the ballot. If passed, the state sales tax would increase by three-quarters of a cent for 10 years, starting in January 2015. The tax would not be included on groceries, prescription medication or fuel.
    The public has until 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3, to comment on the draft list of projects, which in total will cost about $4.8 billion statewide — with an estimated $486 million going to projects in the central region. The comment period was initially set to last about a week but state commissioners decided to expand the public comment period.
    “There will be hundreds of projects on this list, affecting every type of transportation – from roads and bridges to transit, ports, airports, and bike-ped facilities,” said Commission Chair Stephen Miller. “We want to make certain Missourians have the opportunity to let us know if they believe these are the projects that would have the biggest impact for their communities and the state.”
    After all public comments are reviewed, the draft list will be updated and approved by the state commission at its July 9 meeting. The draft regional priority list includes 18 projects that are partially or fully within Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties.
    The list includes the following projects:
    •Replace/repair Route A bridge over Conns Creek in Camden County
    •Replace/repair Route V bridge over Linn Creek in Camden County
    •Replace/repair Route D bridge over Bank Branch in Camden County
    •Infrastructure improvements at Camdenton Municipal Airport
    •Resurface/add shoulders to Highway 17 in portions of Miller County
    •Resurface/add shoulders to Route B in portions of Miller County
    •Resurface/add shoulders to Highway 42 in portions of Miller County
    •New interchange of Highway 54/Route W in Miller County
    •Replace/repair Route A bridge over Tavern Creek in Miller County
    •Infrastructure improvements at Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport near Osage Beach
    •New sidewalk on Osage Beach Parkway from Mace Road to Route D in Osage Beach
    Page 2 of 2 - •Resurface/add shoulders to Highway 5 in portions of Morgan County
    •Add lanes to Route 50 from Tipton, Mo. into Morgan County
    •Replace/repair Route BB bridge over Richland Creek in Morgan County
    •Replace/repair Route PP bridge over Messer Creek in Morgan County
    •Resurface/add shoulders to Route O in portions of Morgan County
    •Resurface/add shoulders to Route W in portions of Morgan County
    •Add center turn lane to Route 52 near Versailles
     
    The complete list of all projects statewide is available online at www.modot.org/movingforward.
    Local planning agencies and transportation partners have been working with the state commission and MoDOT to develop the draft list.
    "We knew the local transportation partners had to lead the way to make sure the list represented every region of the state," said MoDOT's Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. "Everyone benefits from transportation, but this list truly demonstrates a collaborative effort to reach the specific needs Missourians told us were the most important."
    Regional and community priority lists were first developed through the annual Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the Blue Ribbon Citizen’s Committee on Missouri’s Transportation Needs and last year’s On the Move long range planning effort.
    “The regional priority lists are truly a reflection of the feedback that has been received during that timeframe,” said MoDOT Director Dave Nichols.
    Open house public meetings have been scheduled in every region of the state so local transportation planners and MoDOT representatives can answer questions and take comments about the draft list. No formal presentations will be made during the meetings.
    The two open houses scheduled for the MoDOT Central District will be Monday, June 16, from 4-7 p.m., at the ARC Center, 1701 W. Ash St., Columbia, and Thursday, June 19, from 4-7 p.m., at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 428 E. Capitol St., Jefferson City.
     
    Lake Media’s Eric Dundon and Rolla Daily News editor Paul Hackbarth contributed to this report.
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