Missouri Grapples with Funding Shortfall, Gas Tax and “Fierce Opposition” to Tolls (Express Lanes Cited)

The Kansas City Star reports, “Despite years of debate, Missouri lawmakers continue to struggle to sort out how they’ll pay to repair thousands of miles of run-down highways and bridges. State funds for road and bridge repair have tumbled in recent years, from $1.3 billion in 2009 to an estimated $800 million by 2017.” The report adds, “The idea of toll roads always faces fierce opposition from the trucking and convenience-store industries and has never gotten any traction. But [Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation] said transportation officials are pondering the use of ‘managed lanes,’ which would be toll lanes that are not mandatory for drivers.”