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MoDOT presents plan for Amendment 3 funds

November 30, 2004
By: Evan Godt
State Capital Bureau

MoDOT Director Pete Rahn presented his plan for funds coming from the overwhelming passage of Amendment 3. Evan Godt (Got) has more from Jefferson City.

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Rahn said MoDOT's motto for their upcoming projects will be "Smoother, Safer, Sooner" meaning their priorities will be driver safety as a well as a massive road resurfacing project. 2,200 miles of roads that Rahn says carries most of Missouri's traffic will be improved.

Rahn wants it to be clear that while money from Amendment 3 will help, it is not the final answer and MoDOT will still need cooperation from the legislature.

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Contents: "Political leaders have got to have faith in our organization that we are delivering the best value for the dollars they have trusted us with.

Rahn said the road smoothing will be completed by December 2007.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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MoDOT has outlined a plan to provide smoother and safer roads for Missourians by December 2007. Evan Godt (Got) has more from Jefferson City.

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MoDOT director Pete Rahn explained to the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight the improvements that will be made to Missouri roads.

Rahn says the priority is increasing safety by smoothing roads and adding more signs and guardrails.

Senator Joan Bray challenged the plan saying that driver education is more imporatant than physical road improvement.

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Contents: There's this myth out there that if you build 4 lane roads, then safety's taken care of. Not true. No statistic says that. Of course you have to have safe roads, but driver behavior...I just think we really haven't done what we needed to do.

Senator Jon Dolan agreed saying more education is needed and that simply distributing pens that say "click it or ticket" is not enough.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.