Governor Jay Nixon has received the analysis he asked for from the state Highway and Transportation Commission of using tolls to improve and expand I-70. Nixon asked for the report earlier this month.
In a statement, Nixon said he will review the report, “particularly its analysis of how this approach, already in use in other states, could free up resources for road and bridge projects statewide, while minimizing the costs and inconvenience to drivers through technological advances.”
He adds, “this report will help facilitate an informed, robust discussion about meeting our most pressing transportation infrastructure needs in a way that benefits all Missourians.”
Nixon said tolls could provide an opportunity to free up resources currently going to the repair and maintenance of I-70 so they could be used for road and bridge projects across the state. He also said it would ensure that costs for improving and expanding I-70 would be borne proportionately by the heavy trucks that cause the most wear and tear to the roadway, and that out-of-state users pay their fair share.