COLUMBIA — The final list of projects in Boone County to be funded if voters approve a statewide highway tax in August was released Wednesday.
The list allocates nearly $70 million of any additional revenue generated to county projects that include reconfiguring the Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 interchange, extending Stadium Boulevard from Route 63 to Route WW and contributing to upgrades at Columbia Regional Airport.
The department also plans to widen I-70 to six lanes across the state at a cost of $500 million. The full list of projects can be found on MoDOT's website.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the list this week after hearing from the public at several forums statewide.
The state Department of Transportation also solicited input from cities, counties and other planning partners, Central District assistant engineer Travis Koestner said.
"We wanted to make sure the list was what the area wanted," Koestner said.
The list contains an estimate of how much funding each individual project would receive via the tax increase:
- $20 million to reconfigure and add directional ramps to the I-70/U.S. 63 interchange.
- $17.2 million to extend Stadium Boulevard.
- $14 million to fund improvements at Columbia Regional Airport — constructing a new terminal, extending and improving the runway and repaving the parking lot and Airport Drive. For the city to receive MoDOT funding for a new terminal, it must match the $9 million the department has promised.
- $10.5 million to improve public transportation by adding two bus service hours daily.
- $1 million for OATS, a nonprofit transportation provider for senior citizens, for new services between Columbia and Jefferson City.
The measure on the Aug. 5 election ballot would amend the Missouri Constitution to increase the state's sales tax from 4.225 percent to 4.975 percent of each dollar spent, and is projected to raise about $4.8 billion for MoDOT over its 10-year lifespan. During that time, the amendment prohibits the state from either increasing the state's gas tax or erecting toll booths.
The tax would also provide Columbia with about $7 million over a decade to spend on transportation-related projects of the city's choice, according to previous Missourian reporting.