Local residents will have a chance to have their voices heard and get questions answered next week.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will kick things off with a public briefing on Tuesday at St. Charles Community College. MoDOT is going to the public to explain recent budget cuts. MoDOT recently announced a plan plan to reduce staff, facilities and equipment in a cost-cutting move intended to save nearly $512 million that will be used for road and bridge projects.
The plan, presented by MoDOT director Kevin Keith, would reduce staff by 1,200, close 135 facilities and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment in a five-year period.
The St. Louis area briefings are as follows:
- St. Louis County: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, St. Louis County Library Headquarters, East Meeting Room, 1640 South Lindbergh, St. Louis, 63131
- St. Charles County: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, , College Center Rotunda.
- Franklin County: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m Wednesday., East Central College, Regional Training Center Room 114, 1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union, 63084
- Jefferson County: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 19, Jefferson County Community College, Student Center Viking Room, 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, 63050
- City of St. Louis: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 20, St. Louis City Hall, Room 230/Leisure Room, St. Louis, 63103
People who are unable to attend a community briefing may participate in the discussion through an online community briefing at http://www.modot.org. The online meeting will be available through June 3. Comments can be directed to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission through the online meeting or by letter at P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. All comments from the public received during this month-long process will be shared with MoDOT leadership and the MHTC prior to June 8.
will be the site of a public hearing from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 19.
The Great Rivers Greenway will host a public forum about a long-range regional bicycle plan that is being developed to enhance on-road connectivity throughout the St. Louis region. The forum will allow residents to learn about existing bike route and learn about future expansion.
Working in partnership with local municipal officials and representatives from MoDOT, St. Louis City, St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Metro; East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Trailnet, Great Rivers Greenway is creating a master bike plan. The plan will included on-road and multiroad trails throughout the area. The mission is make things safer for the growing number of riders. The goal of the plan is to develop consistent and contiguous on-road bicycle facilities throughout the region over the next 20 years.
The same forum will also address some upcoming MoDOT projects, specifically:
- Funding and constructing Phase III/Missouri Route 364 (Page Avenue Extension)
- Funding and constructing a new Highway 40 Missouri River Bridge Crossing
- Funding and rehabilitating the westbound Interstate 70 Missouri River Bridge Crossing.