JULY 12, 2006 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CDT
FRONTENAC, MO - State spending on Missouri roads will face a dramatic decrease by 2011, under a five-year plan approved by the state Highways and Transportation Commission.
The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program includes $1.6 billion spent next year, but only $700 million in 2011.
Highways commission chairman Bill McKenna says taxpayers will need to address the issue sooner rather than later.
Program planners blame the decreased spending on the rising cost of road and bridge materials and inflation.
Improving Missouri highways and bridges make up most of the five-year plan with $5.7 billion in spending.