Missouri highways to get less money in next 5 years

Thursday, July 1, 2010 | 5:38 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri drivers may see fewer orange barrels in coming years.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a five-year spending plan Thursday that officials describe as falling off a cliff.

Because of a decline in revenues, the new transportation spending plan is one-third smaller than the 2009 plan.

The transportation agency updates its five-year plan each year. The version that took effect Thursday includes $5.7 billion for state roads and bridges, other modes of transportation and local projects. The plan focuses on maintaining existing roads, with less money for expansions.

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