JOPLIN, MO.--- No new projects, that's the decision from top leadership at the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has voted to suspend any new projects other than those already underway. Annual construction funding fell from $1.3 billion five years ago to $700 million this year. It's projected to drop to $325 million by 2017. A decrease in revenue from the state fuel tax together with federal funding issues are to blame.
"The cost of our key materials like concrete and asphalt have doubled. So we've been hit on both sides, slightly declining revenue and greatly increasing costs for materials," said Dan Salisbury, MODOT Assistant District Engineer.
Workers say MODOT is unlikely to approve any new projects until the department gets a new source of funding.
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