MoDOT plan would eliminate staff, close facilities

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | 3:55 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's transportation director is proposing to cut staff and close facilities to save several hundred million dollars to devote more resources to road and bridge projects.

Kevin Keith estimates his plan would save the Missouri Department of Transportation $512 million through 2015. It calls for cutting 1,200 staff positions, closing 135 facilities and selling 740 pieces of equipment.

Keith presented the plan Wednesday to the Highways and Transportation Commission, which is expected to act on it at a June 8 meeting. If approved, the plan would be fully implemented by the end of 2012.

The changes are being proposed as Missouri has less money available for road construction. For the past five years, Missouri has averaged $1.2 billion for highway construction. However, that could be halved for the next five years.

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