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'Envision I-70' Looks at Future Developments on Major St. Louis Highway

July 18, 2018 - 7:27 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - MoDOT is taking a long-range focus concerning future development along Interstate 70.

A pair of public meetings on Envision I-70 are taking place, one tonight at O'Fallon Missouri City Hall and one Thursday evening at UMSL. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7 pm.

It's called ‘Envision I-70’ and takes into account things like increased truck traffic along the corridor and the emergence of self-driving vehicles.

MoDOT District Planning Manager Wesley Stephen says they're tackling some big issues along one of the area's busiest highways.

“How do we make it more efficient for public transportation?  And how do we reconnect communities particularly in the downtown segment of the corridor that were bifurcated 50 years ago,” he says.

Stephen says anyone who lives along the I-70 corridor or uses it during their commute would benefit from attending either meeting.

“This would be a multimodal transportation corridor, it would provide options, so not just mainly for cars and certainly for trucks as those are becoming increasingly dominant on our highway system, not just 70,” he says.

The section of 70 being looked at stretches west from the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to the I-64 exchange in Wentzville.

Stephen says funding remains a major issue - they'll likely need a boost in the state gasoline tax, which hasn't increased since the early 1990's. Don't look for big changes any time soon -- the study takes a look at developments through the year 2045.