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Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2014 6:30 pm

It was not scare tactics to say unless there is more funding for Missouri’s road and bridge system expect less needed improvements on what we have, and forget about new major construction. With the defeat of the sales tax for transportation Tuesday, unless more revenue is forthcoming in the next couple of years, some roads are going to become less safer to travel and some old bridges will be closed. This is a fact — not idle talk.

The vote on the three-fourths of a cent sales tax for 10 years was decisive — 59 percent of the voters who cast a ballot said no. The tax would have produced an estimated $540 million annually. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) had compiled a list of more than 800 projects that would have been funded. The major one was adding a lane in each direction to the dual-lane Interstate 70 from St. Louis to Kansas City.

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