A new state audit shows the State Transportation Department might still be stuck in its old ways. State Auditor Claire McCaskill says MoDOT spent more on building new projects than it did on maintaining current roads – despite promises to do just the opposite. In fact, the plan for spending Amendment Three money gives $360-Million to fixing current roads and $1.3-Billion to new projects. MoDOT’s Sue Cox defends the Department’s continued spending habits. Cox says the overall trend for the last few years and the next fiscal year shpw an uptick in the proportion spent toward maintaining roads already out there. However, the next big spending push – money from Amendment Three shows the Department will spend $360-Million on maintaining roads – and $1.6-Billion on new projects.
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