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 Howell 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 Howell County alone, MoDOT has been working to improve nearly 24 miles of roadway at a cost of $2.4 million. MoDOT work crews have been busy patching holes and in some cases completely replacing the surface of some of our roads. Crews have also added almost 21 miles of rumble strips along the side of highways and roads. These strips have been proven to increase safety along our roads.
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 $19 million through the year 2022 in Howell County alone. Those funds are slated to include more than 120 miles of road improvement and includes the construction of two new bridges.
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 Howell 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.