The Sierra Club is offering its thoughts on plans for Missouri’s long-range transportation needs. Ron McLinden with the Ozark Chapter of the Club says there must be a greater emphasis on improving existing roads, rather than on building new ones. He adds there isn’t enough money to pay to preserve existing roads, let along start more building. In fact, McLinden says the preservation work will cost more than MODOT has funding for. The Sierra Club is promoting what it calls a “smart growth” policy, which aims to reduce future travel demand by trying to persuade people to live and work in areas in which infrastructure already exists.
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