MoDOT wants public input on projects to pursue if taxpayers pass new transportation plan

MoDOT wants taxpayers to pass sales tax on ballot

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Transportation released the list of projects it wants to pursue if voters pass the sales tax for a new transportation plan.

Projects on the list include improvements to parts of I-70 and to a small part of I-435 on the south side of the loop between I-49 and State Line. Ray County could get some shoulder improvements on roads and possibly some bridge and rail projects. See a full list of the proposed projects for the Kansas City area .

All of these improvements depend on an August sales tax ballot question. The ballot would ask you to vote on a three-quarter cent sales tax that would raise $534 million each year. The item on the ballot is Constitutional Amendment No. 7 .

However, the Missouri Association for Social Welfare says the question is misleading and has filed a lawsuit to change the wording.

If the sales tax passes, the money will go to roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

Before any of these projects are approved, there will be a series of public hearings. Brian Kidwell, the assistant director engineer for MoDOT, said he hopes people come to the meetings to share their thoughts.

“It’s important everybody's voice is heard. MoDOT tries to react and respond to the community’s desires, wants and preferences since it’s their money,” he said.

The public meeting dates are:

  • Monday, June 16, 4-7 p.m., Gamber Center, 4 SE Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Tuesday, June 17, 2-5 p.m., Heritage Hall, 117 W. Kansas St., Liberty, Mo.
  • Tuesday, June 17, 4-6 p.m., Union Station – Grand Hall East, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 4-7 p.m., Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Thursday, June 19, 4-7 p.m. Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence, Mo.

MoDOT will use the suggestions offered at the meetings to come up with its final plan next month.

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