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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:00 pm

County residents can have their say — in person — Monday on a proposed $53 million in transportation funds proposed for this area.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will hold an open house to ask residents to weigh in on the local priorities list of projects that would be funded if a three-quarter-cent transportation sales tax is approved by state voters Aug. 5.

The open house will be at the Franklin County Government Center Commission Chambers from 4-6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meetings at any time during the open house to speak to regional planning partners and MoDOT representatives. No formal presentations will be made.

The list also is online at www.modot.org. People may click on the “Moving Forward” tab and scroll down for the list of priorities and an area to comment.

The public comment period will end July 3. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is expected to approve the priority list by July 9.

All proceeds from the tax would go toward needed transportation improvements across the state. The amendment’s provisions include the creation of a project list prior to the election so Missourians can see what their tax dollars would fund.

Highway 47 corridor improvements takes up the bulk locally of the proposed tax funds with $40.586 million. Next is $12 million slated for state roads, including Highway 100, Highway 185, as well as FF, KK, MM, O, OO, YY and BB.

There also is about $414,000 proposed for OATS and Franklin County Transit Authority.

The tax is expected to generate $53.9 billion statewide over the course of 10 years. That figure has been adjusted for inflation, MoDOT officials have said.

If the transportation sales tax passes, 90 percent of the revenue would be for state projects, and the other 10 percent would be split between cities and counties.

There will be $500 million to be used for Interstate 70 improvements, and $50 million will be taken off the top for the Missouri Department of Revenue collection costs.

There will be 5 percent, or $270 million, distributed annually among Missouri cities, and another 5 percent divvied among counties.

Those funds are distributed among cities based on the 2013 CART (County Aid Road Trust) funds. CART funds are generated by the current gasoline tax. The fund distribution is based on factors including population and road miles.

Following are the annual projected amount of additional funds for the county and local municipalities:

• Franklin County — $572,500;

• Pacific — $47,842;

• St. Clair — $32,277;

• Union — $69,720;

• Washington — $95,534; and

• Sullivan — $48,382.

Highway 47

The $40 million that was set aside to widen Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair would not cover the whole cost of that project.

The construction cost to make the corridor four lanes from Washington to St. Clair could be $85 million, and that does not take into account other expenses such as engineering, design, right of way acquisition and environmental study.

Widening Highway 47 between Washington and St. Clair has been the main project that officials have been focused on in regards to the proposed transportation sales tax.

Part of the project would possibly involve building a new section of road to realign Highway 47 near Union.

Union city officials have said Highway 47 construction should begin in Union to alleviate the congestion. A new bridge over the Bourbeuse River in Union may have to be built as part of the realignment.

Other parts of the project could involve upgrading existing sections of Highway 47.

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