Sometimes it is hard to see progress, other times it is obvious. I am happy to report there are numerous changes going on right in front of our eyes here in Ripley County. Over the past year, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has been busy working to make our roads safer and our commutes easier.
In Ripley County alone, MoDOT has been working to improve more than 13 miles of pavement. The much needed repairs to these areas will not only increase safety and decrease unneeded wear and tear on vehicles, it will continue to allow for safer travel for years to come.
Over the next several years, MoDOT officials plan to do more work in our county. The Missouri Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) shows MoDOT is planning to spend more than $6.5 million through the year 2022 in Ripley County alone. Those funds are slated to include more than 60 miles of road improvement and the construction of one new bridge.
While funding for MoDOT has been a hot-button issue across the state for several years, the crews at MoDOT are continuing to do their best to maintain and improve our state’s infrastructure. There are more than 34,000 miles of road and 10,400 bridges in our state meaning these dedicated workers are always working to ensure our safety. Their work does not go unnoticed, especially not in Ripley County where it is obvious they are working tirelessly to ensure our safety.
As the road work continues, please be sure to follow work zone signs and warnings. It is imperative that drivers are attentive, especially in work zones. MoDOT employees put their lives on the line to do the needed repairs, it is our job to make sure our driving does not put anyone in harms way.
I would like to thank Mike Pace, the chair of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, for his dedicated efforts to ensure the commission understands the transportation needs of the citizens in the 33rd District.
As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.