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.