The city of Rolla will be investing nearly $35 million in transportation improvements over the next couple of decades according to Rolla City Administrator John Butz.

The city of Rolla will be investing nearly $35 million in transportation improvements over the next couple of decades according to Rolla City Administrator John Butz. During a meeting held Aug. 10 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) office, Butz  
updated the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) on the MoveRolla Transportation Plan, which led to the formation of a Transportation Development District.

The MoveRolla Transportation Plan is a 20-year transportation plan to develop a transportation system that meets the needs of all people and modes of transportation, while promoting a safe, healthy community and economic opportunities within the region. The implementation of the plan is funded by a one-cent sales tax collected by businesses in the Transportation Development District, which was approved by property owners and formed in 2016-17.

MoveRolla Transportation Development District (TDD) improvements are planned in three phases with completion planned for 2021. Improvements include:
    
* Developing the Westside Marketplace and extending Highway 72;
    
* Realigning University Drive, improving safety on Bishop Avenue, and improving Kingshighway; and 
    
* Creating a pedestrian overpass over I-44 and improving 10th Street. 

In total, the MoveRolla TDD is estimated to cost $33 million. For more information on the MoveRolla TDD, visit www.rollawest.com.