The passage of a measure in northeast Missouri that helps pay to finish a four-lane corridor across rural, northern Missouri, does not get a ringing endorsement from the state’s largest farm group. Missouri Farm Bureau spokesman Estil Fretwell says he’s glad to see the road being expanded, but worries that it sets the precedent that rural areas will have to come up with local money to get built projects promised during the 15-year highway plan. Fretwell contends the money for that project has already been collected through gas tax money. But Larry Craig with the Highway 36-Interstate-72 Corridor Transportation Development District argues at least this way the project is getting done. Craig says it also allows them to control their own destiny. Fretwell says he’s disappointed in this approach, and it shows it’s the same old Highway Commission operating in the same old way.
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