A draft version of the state’s newest transportation improvement program (STIP) for the next five years, which was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission May 1, includes mostly maintenance projects.
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) officials say the reason that the 2014-2018 STIP is mainly full of maintenance work, instead of new projects, is because of a dramatic reduction in transportation funding.
“With the decline in funding for transportation, we will be focusing on more routine maintenance projects not just in central Missouri, but statewide,” said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester. “Without additional funding, we just won’t be able to address many of the project needs that remain.”
MoDOT Director Dave Nichols said, “For the most part, this draft STIP features projects that focus on maintaining the transportation system we have. Asphalt overlays, preventative maintenance and rehabilitation projects make up the majority of our $700 million program.”
This draft STIP lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018).
The draft STIP projects listed in Phelps County on the highway and bridge construction schedule are as follows:
• Pavement and drainage improvements along 0.17 miles of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 in Rolla, total estimated cost of $265,000, contract expected to be awarded in the fall of 2013;
• Safety improvements along 1.39 miles of the eastbound lanes of I-44 near State Routes J and V, total estimated cost of $313,000, contract expected to be awarded in the winter of 2014;
• Pavement improvements along 8.34 miles of the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-44 from one mile east of Route D to 1.2 miles east of Route F in Crawford County, total estimated cost of $11,903,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
• Pavement improvements along U.S. Route 63 from 0.7 miles south of Route CC in Phelps County to Route CC in Texas County, total estimated cost of $6,543,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
• ADA improvements along Route 63 in Rolla for 0.63 miles as well as related work in Camdenton and Fayette, total estimated cost of $796,000, but $585,000 in statewide enhancement funds will go toward this project, contract expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014;
• Pavement and shoulder improvements along 2.51 miles of State Route 8 from west of State Route 68 to near Crawford County, total estimated cost of $1,111,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
• Pavement improvements along Route 8 for 2.04 miles near St. James from 0.2 miles west of Asher Creek to one mile east of the Meramec River in Crawford County, total estimated cost of $474,000, contract expected to be awarded in 2016;
• Bridge improvements on Route 8 over the Dry Fork Creek for 0.07 miles near St. James, total estimated cost of $1,597,000, contract expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014;
Page 2 of 2 - • Grading, paving and curve improvements along Route D for 0.2 miles near the BNSF railroad line, total estimated cost of $1,385,000, contract expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014;
• Bridge improvements over the BNSF railroad line near Jerome for 0.03 miles, total estimated cost of $794,000, contract expected to be awarded the spring of 2014; and
• Preventative maintenance on State Route O for 15.7 miles from Route 72 to Route C in Dent County as well as work on Route C in Dent and Texas counties, Routes BB, KK, P and V in Phelps County and Route 28 in Pulaski County, total estimated cost of $2,152,000, contract expected to be awarded in the fall of 2013.
There is also a project in the draft STIP for job order contracting for asphalt (totaling $380,000) and concrete (totaling $166,000) pavement repair work on I-44 in Laclede, Pulaski, Phelps and Crawford counties. Contracts for this work are expected to be awarded in the spring of 2014.
The draft STIP also includes scoping projects for Phelps County, which means that there is no money available now to move forward with construction, right-of-way acquisition or utility relocation, but that design work for the projects can proceed over the next five years.
The following scoping projects in Phelps County listed in the draft STIP are as follows:
• Pavement improvements on the eastbound lanes of I-44 from Route 68 at St. James to 1.2 miles east of State Route F;
• Bridge improvements on Route B over the Bourbeuse River near the Gasconade County line;
• Low-water crossing improvements on Route C 5.4 miles north of I-44; and
• Culvert replacement on Route C 4.1 miles north of I-44.
The proposed 2014-2018 STIP is available for public review and comment through May 31, 2013.
Those interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT’s customer service centers at 1-888-275-6636. The program is also available on MoDOT’s web site, www.modot.org, and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state.
Following the public review period, the comments will be presented to the state commission, which will review the comments and the final STIP before considering it for approval at its July 10 meeting in Rolla.