A Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization that researches transportation issues called TRIP released a report called “Missouri Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility.” The report said one-half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor to mediocre condition, and 13 percent of locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient.
The report also said Missouri’s major roads are becoming increasingly congested causing delays and choking commuting and commerce.
The condition of roads and bridges in the state is costing Missouri motorists a total of $7.8 billion statewide annually — as much as $2,031 per driver — due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays, according to TRIP. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth, TRIP said
Proposition D will be on the ballot Nov. 6 and will help heal the transportation ills but won’t solve all of them. A yes vote is important to all Missourians.