Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, addresses the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee in 2016.

With the recent passage of a gradual 12.5 cents-per-gallon state gasoline tax increase and the possibility of getting billions more for Missouri highways and bridges from a $1 trillion federal infrastructure package, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is in as good a place for funding as it has been in a quarter century.

A large chunk of the new money could be headed toward projects in Franklin County, particularly to help deal with traffic on Highway 47.