After a marathon session at the State Transportation Department headquarters in Jefferson City, State Highway Commissioners finally decided on a plan for the distribution of funds over the next several years. It is not one of the four options discussed with the public, but a variation of the final option put out in late December. Basically, $400-Million will be spent on taking care of the current road system with $337-Million going to major projects. $100-Million of the new project money will be determined with consultation of local officials. As for the urban-rural split, rural parts of the state will receive approximately 52-percent of the transporation dollars, with about 48-percent targeted for urban areas. This marks a shift away from a long-time trend by MoDOT that spent more on new projects and less on maintenance. The new plan will be fully implemented in the 2007 funding distribution.
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