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For more information, contact Kristi Jamison at 573-526-2482

March 03, 2008 12:00 AM
National Study Gives Missouriís Transportation System High Marks

JEFFERSON CITY - "Most states have seen their infrastructure and transportation problems get worse over the past few years; Missouri is one of the few that has managed to improve," according to the Pew Center on the States study featured in the March issue of Governing magazine.

The "Grading the States 2008" study pointed out that Missouri has made investments in its major highways so that now more than 80 percent of the vehicle miles traveled on them are in good condition, compared to only 52 percent being in good condition just five years ago. 

"The Missouri Department of Transportation has worked extremely hard to restore public confidence by improving our roads, controlling costs, and delivering projects on time and within budget," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. "Through greater public involvement, we've demonstrated openness and transparency, resulting in sound decisions, a better transportation system and, even more importantly, lives saved."

Missouri received a B+ for its infrastructure performance. Its transportation-planning processes were touted as a model for the nation.

Missouri's infrastructure score beat all but four other states and the 50-state average grade of a B-. Missouri, which has less revenue per mile of highway than all of its neighboring states, scored better than Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  Kentucky received an A- and Nebraska received the same grade as Missouri.

 

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Missouri has also received accolades for improvement from other national sources.  In June 2007, the California-based Reason Foundation showed Missouri jumping from 28th to 17th in state highway system performance from 2004 to 2005, and from 39th to 17th from 2000 to 2005.  The report also found Missouri to have the nation's third lowest administrative costs per mile. MoDOT has gone from having the nation's third worst roads to an estimated ninth best.

In November, MoDOT received the 2007 Missouri Quality Award from the Excellence in Missouri Foundation for excellence in quality leadership and for its efforts to improve roads, reduce fatalities and bring projects in on time and within budget. In addition, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has taken notice of Missouri's efforts, saying, "The Show Me State is showing America how to deliver highway projects on budget and on schedule, and even ahead of schedule."

"Grading the States 2008" is a partnership of Pew's Government Performance Project and Governing magazine.  The study assesses and rates all 50 states on how efficiently and effectively they are managing information, people, money and infrastructure.  In the area of infrastructure, the study assessed how well each state is managing its roads, bridges and buildings, as well as the degree to which a state has transparent and effective planning and project monitoring processes, maintains its assets and coordinates this work within the state and with other jurisdictions.

For more information about "Grading the States 2008," go to http://p0002/eMoDOTAdminWeb/news/www.governing.com or http://p0002/eMoDOTAdminWeb/news/www.pewcenteronthestates.org/gpp.

 

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