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MoDOT surveying drivers to determine future of I-70

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I-70 in St. Charles County. Credit: KMOV I-70 in St. Charles County. Credit: KMOV

ST. CHARLES (KMOV.com) – Each and every day there are up to 95,000 drivers on Interstate 70 between Wentzville and St. Louis, and the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to hear from those drivers on the future of the interstate.

“It’s time we take a look at the entire stretch through St. Charles County to see if there’s some things we can do to make it more attractive, easier for people to get on and off, and will stimulate economic development as well,” explained Steve Ehlmann, County Executive for St. Charles County.

But MoDot is looking at the entire 40-mile stretch of I-70 from Wentzville to downtown. The Envision I-70 survey is online now and MoDOT is asking everyone to fill it out.

With five simple questions. it takes a look at not only the problems drivers have with the interstate, but also how they travel, and priorities for improvements.

They are looking at everything from congestion, to high-risk crash spots, to adding overpasses.

Right now, MoDOT admits there is no funding for any potential projects, but they want to be ready for the future.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump outlined his priorities for investing in roads and bridges. Ehlmann says by getting the plans in place, the region can be ready to take advantage of any potential federal funding that becomes available.

“The one thing people in Washington DC are agreeing on is infrastructure, and who knows, in six months to a year there may be a lot of money available to build roads and bridges” said Ehlmann. “But if we’re not ready, if we don't have those projects ready to go, it’s not going to help us. We need to do this entire planning process as fast as possible to get ready to use the money if it does become available.”
 
You can fill out the survey here, or attend a public meeting on March 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Normandy Government Office.

They will collect surveys until May 20 with the hope of releasing results of the study by November. 

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