JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking state highway officials to analyze the potential of turning Interstate 70 into a toll road.
Nixon sent a letter Tuesday to the transportation commission requesting a report by the end of December on options for using tolls to improve and expand I-70.
Highway officials have said the interstate between suburban St. Louis and suburban Kansas City is in need of a complete makeover and have talked for years about widening it to three lanes in each direction.
Voters in August defeated a proposed sales tax that would have funded the I-70 project and numerous others.
The transportation department suggested several years ago that I-70 could be rebuilt by a private company that could collect tolls. But that measure failed to pass the Legislature.