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State Officials Discuss Toll Road Possiblities

December 13, 2005
By: Jade Mingus
State Capital Bureau

Toll roads are the talk of the town in the state capitol.

Jade Mingus has more on the price you pay for travel.

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MoDot's Chief Engineer Kevin Keith spoke to the Missouri transporation and development council about the future of road funding.

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"Well, in general, do we think the concept of toll roads is necessary to fund transportation that's moving forward, I think the answer to that would be yes."

Keith says money from toll roads would help fund the nine-hundred million dollar Mississippi River Bridge project.

Republican Senator Matt Bartle also filed a bill dealing with toll roads for the upcoming legislative session.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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A Missouri transportation group met to discuss the state's transportation problems.

Jade Mingus tells us about discussion of a new price for travel.

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Toll Roads...MoDot says they're needed to fund highway improvements...specifically the Missouri River Bridge project in St. Louis.

During the Missouri Transportation and Development Council Governor Matt Blunt said it's important to discuss funding options including tolls and sales and gasoline taxes because Amendment three money is cut short in 2010.
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Contents: I think we're going to have a healthy discussion of tolls and I think that's good for all of us to engage in."

Governor Blunt says he's pleased with the 866 current MoDot projects currently underway.

Republican Senator Matt Bartle has also filed a bill about toll roads for the upcoming legislative session.

From the state capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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Toll roads was one of the main topics at a transportation group meeting in Jefferson City.

Jade Mingus has more from the state capital.

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Gov. Matt Blunt and MoDot engineer Kevin Keith both touched on the subject of toll roads at the meeting.

Keith says tolls will be necessary in the future for large improvements like the Mississippi River Bridge project.

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Contents: I think it's a very important project for the St. Louis area, in fact for the whole state. The whole project is 900 million dollars and quite frankly we don't have that money to build it.

Gov. Blunt says it's worth looking at alternate funding options like sales taxes and tolls now, before money from Amendment three dwindles in 2010.

From the state capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.