New Road Plan Focuses on Missouri's Most Heavily-Traveled Highways

JANUARY 11, 2007 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri's most heavily-travled roads will be getting a makeover.

The state Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a plan to speed up improvements on 5,500 miles of major highways.

The goal is to have 85 percent of those roads in good condition by the end of 2011.

The vote kicked off the "Better Roads, Brighter Future" initiative by adding $124 million worth of projects to the 2007 road construction schedule.

Some of those 34 projects had been for later years, and some had not previously been included in the department's five-year plan.

The new program comes after the completion last year of the department's Smooth Roads initiative, which focused on the most heavily traveled 2,200 miles of road.

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