MoDOT officials work to find funding for projects after sales tax increase rejected

Missouri Transportation officials are working to figure out how to fund projects after the sales tax increase failed.

Voters rejected a three-quarter cent sales tax increase.

The money would have been used to pay for at least 800 road projects statewide including widening I-70 to three lanes between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Those projects will now be shelved.

“By 2017, we’re projected to be over $150 million less than what it takes to take care of the system, so it’s going to be a challenge,” Brian Kidwell, the assistant direct engineer with MoDOT said.

The sales tax would have raised $540 million per year for 10 years. 

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