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MoDOT Starts Meetings On “The List”

BRANSON, Mo. -- The process of deciding how to spend the money if a transportation sales tax passes on the ballot, begins today in Branson.
BRANSON, Mo. -- The process of deciding how to spend the money if a transportation sales tax passes on the ballot, begins today in Branson.  The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be holding 21 regional meetings in the next few days to review a long list of proposed projects and programs to be financed by the sales tax increase.

This week, three meetings will be held in southwest Missouri, starting in Branson this afternoon.
Monday, June 16, 4-7 pm
Branson City Hall
110 W. Maddux St.
Branson, MO

Tuesday, June 17, 4-7 pm
Joplin Chamber of Commerce
320 E. 4th St.
Joplin, MO

Wednesday, June 18, 4:30-7 pm 
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO

But the list of 811 projects scattered through seven regions will be only paper if the tax is not approved in the August election. Chief engineer Ed Hassinger says failure would wipe out eighteen months of work tailoring lists to areas.

Most of the projects focus on roads and bridges. But they also include public transportation, airports, riverports, hiking and biking facilities, and some projects include such things as sidewalks and bus stops.

The department already has held review meetings in Hannibal, Kirksville, and Cape Girardeau. Hassinger says response has been generally good. “We saw the gamut…of various interests…Some people were disappointed that their project was not on the list but I’d say overall the feedback has been really good,” he says.

The final version of the list will be compiled after the last of the public meetings a week from today.

 

(Bob Priddy, Missourinet)
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