MoDOT officials and drivers react to ‘No’ on Proposition D

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It’s easy to find drivers unsatisfied with Missouri roads, but Tuesday night, Missouri voters put to rest a proposition that aimed to get more money to help MoDOT fix those roads.

Cracked roads like this one are a common sight in Missouri

“It’s a busy road though, MM is a busy road… And with the semis now it makes [my wife] a little scared driving to work every morning,” said James Robinson, he’s lived off MM for the past few years, and said it keeps getting busier.

For him, he’s always felt that Missouri roads weren’t that bad for the most part

Along Route O south of Hannibal, signs are placed warning of damage to the road.

“There’s a few back roads, side roads or whatever that are narrow.. But they can’t do them all,” said Robinson, adding that it would be nice to see some work done, like making the road by his house a little wider, “I would like to see mm done cause I live here, and it is a narrow road with all the semis now for some reason there’s a lot more traffic now.”

But Missouri Department of Transportation officials said without Proposition D passing it’s likely to stay that way.

“The difficult choice is there’s a lot of very important projects out there and with our limited resources we have to do the difficult task of prioritizing those, ” said Kevin James, MoDOT’s Assistant District Engineer for Northeast Missouri, his point: that without an increase in revenue, operations won’t change much, “wrapping up construction projects, getting ready for winter, and looking at our next set of priorities and projects to try and maintain our transportation system.”

For people like Robinson, he says something like proposition d might pass if they asked for a little less…

“They start out with 2 or 3 and see how it goes, maybe something like that,” said Robinson, suggesting that something like Proposition D might pass if they asked for a little less than the 10 cents over four years.

Missouri’s tax on gas is one of the lowest in the nation, at just 17 cents a gallon.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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