Speakers for a Transportation Seminar say Missouri's roads are in trouble as soon as next year and the state's current system will not help poorer cities' road upkeep.
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Speakers for a Transportation Seminar say Missouri's roads are in trouble as soon as next year and the state's current system will not help poorer cities' road upkeep.

Date: January 20, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Speakers for a Transportation Seminar say Missouri's roads are in trouble as soon as next year and the state's current system will not help poorer cities' road upkeep.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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Senators attended a Transportation Seminar where the Missouri Transportation Director Pete Rahn said the state's roads will deteriorate.

St. Louis areas Chamber VP, Susan Stauder (STOD-DER), said in a telephone interview that there is no choice but to keep Missouri's current match system in which the state matches local funds on construction projects.

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Description: "It's true that some communities are more well off than other communities and can better afford it and it's an issue, but I really don't think we're going to be in a situation where the match requirement is going to disappear."

Rahn says other options to raise funds for Missouri's roads are tolls, a fuel tax, and a possible sales tax.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: The state's transportation department warns that next year Missouri roads will deteriorate.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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Senators met for a Transportation Seminar to discuss the future of Missouri's roads.

The warning of the state's road dilemma came from Director of the Missouri Transportation Department, Pete Rahn, who says the fate of our highways and smaller roads is depressing.

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Description: "The real scary part is when you look at what's predicted to happen to our minor roads. And our minor roads are going to continue to fall down into the high thirties and low forty percentile."

Republican Senator David Pearce, who serves Warrensburg, says he thinks Missouri's match system, in which the state matches with local funds on construction projects, will help increase funding for the state's roads.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.