MoDOT seeks opinions on how to spend stimulus money

Missouri highway planners want your input about how to spend stimulus money.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a hearing for 6 p.m. Tuesday its district offices at 600 N.E. Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit. Missouri has about $525 million to spend on on state projects, not counting the $27 million already allocated to local governments in the Kansas City area for road work.

Missouri is already committed to a list of more than $400 million in road and bridge projects, but hopes to have money left over, especially with bids coming in low right now.

About $96 million of that money could go to projects in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties, including $32 million for rebuilding the interchange at I-435 and I-70. The interchange, just west of the stadium complex, is one of the biggest interstate bottlenecks in the metro area.

Other money is targeted for widening Missouri 150 near Lee’s Summit and widening Missouri 210 north of the river.

Last week, regional transportation leaders distributed $27 million to local governments on the Missouri side of the line, including $8 million for a new Troost Avenue Bridge over Brush Creek.