For immediate release
June 28, 2017
For more information, contact
Anne Freand at (573) 265-2993
TAC reviews proposed Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
ST. JAMES—The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed a draft of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) plan at its meeting on June 8 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), specifically looking at projects in the eight-county Meramec Region. The STIP outlines the highway and bridge construction projects to be completed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) scheduled from 2018 to 2022.
The STIP prepared annually, sets forth the specific construction projects MoDOT will undertake in the next five years. It covers highways and bridges, transit, aviation, rail, waterways, bicycle, pedestrian and other projects.
On average, Missouri drivers pay approximately $30 per month to fund the maintenance and improvements to the Missouri state transportation system. These funds come from fuel taxes and fees. Over the last 10 years, Missourians have invested in 4,661 projects totaling $12.6 billion. An estimated $4.45 billion is estimated to be available for projects over the next five years for improvements.
In the Meramec Region, 33 projects are listed to be included in the STIP.
A full copy of the draft STIP for the Central Region can be located at www.meramecregion.org or www.modot.org.
In other business, the committee was:
- Updated on revisions being made to the Meramec Regional Transportation Plan (RTP);
- Heard reports from representatives from St. Robert, Phelps County and Washington County on transportation projects occurring in those areas using various grant programs; and
- Heard an update that roadway accident fatalities are down slightly compared to the same time period last year.
Persons needing more information on MRPC’s Transportation Advisory Committee may contact MRPC at (573) 265-2993. The group will meet again at 4 p.m. August 10 at MRPC, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James. Meetings are open to the public.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 25, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.
To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.orgor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.