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New MoDot director comes from New Hampshire

Date: November 5, 2015
By: Melissa Zygowicz
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
The assistant director for one of the nation's smallest road systems was hired by the Missouri Transportation Department to head one of the nation's largest road systems Thursday.
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Wrap: Patrick McKenna was the deputy commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

New Hampshire is 7 times smaller than the state of Missouri but Missouri Highway and transportation Commission Chair Stephen Miller is confident he is qualified for the job.

McKenna says even though New Hampshire is smaller than Missouri, they still face similar problems.

Actuality:  MCKENNA1.WAV
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Description: "With regard to the infrastructure, not enough money for routine maintenance and upkeep has led to a declining condition of that very infrastructure that we all count on every day. Every citizen across the nation, one thing that unifies us all is the use of our transportation system."

Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the U.S. 

McKenna starts his new position on December 7th.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

 

 

Intro: 
The assistant director for one of the nation's smallest road systems was hired by the Missouri Transportation Department to head one of the nation's largest road systems Thursday.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Patrick McKenna was the deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of transportation which has nearly thirty-thousand miles fewer roads than Missouri.

Mckenna says New Hampshire benefits from its toll roads.

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Description: "The citizens of every state are taxed by the condition that the infrastructure is in. It may not be directly coming from the government but when you're fixing your car more frequently, when you're driving around infrastructure that's in poor condition,when bridges are closed..that's a tax to everyone in the state and recognizing that I think is very important."

The toll system in New Hampshire covers 89 miles of road and generates nearly 120 million dollars a year.

McKenna starts his new position December 7th.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

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The Transportation Department appointed its new director from New Hampshire Thursday which has only a fraction of roads compared to Missouri.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Patrick McKenna was the deputy commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chair Stephen Miller says New Hampshire is a state with toll roads which MoDot is open to.

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Description: "There are no options we take off the table with respect to how we're going to build a comprehensive transportation system. But we do have someone coming in that has the fiscal and financial knowledge and experience in a variety of different forms and he's going to meld with what we're doing with our own road to tomorrow effort in terms of finding innovative and creative ways to find transportation going forward."

The toll system in New Hampshire cover 89 miles of road and generates nearly 120 million dollars a year.

Mckenna starts his new position December 7th.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz. 

 

 

Intro: 
The Transportation Department named its new director from New Hampshire Thursday, a state with one the countries smallest road systems.
RunTime:  0:47
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Patrick Mckenna was the deputy commissioner for the New Hampshire Transportation Department.

McKenna was also previously the chief financial officer for the Office of the Secretary at the United States Senate.

Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Chair Stephen Miller says hes confident McKenna will bring financial solutions to the table due to his background.

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Description: "He's someone that's been involved in fiscal mangement of both government, not for profit, and your own private company. I mean what better experience to come here and bring those creative ideas where we can meld public service and entrepreneurship right here at MoDot."

Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the U.S. 

McKenna starts his new position on December 7th.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

 


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