Missouri's transportation network directly impacts the quality of life for Missourians. Good roads and bridges connect us to work, school, healthcare, and recreation. Poor roads and bridges are a threat to the health and well-being of Missouri families.
Following the passage of Amendment 3 in 2004, which provided for a statewide transportation bonding program, annual fatalities on Missouri roadways experienced a steady decline from 1257 in 2005 to 757 in 2013. But since 2013, annual roadway fatalities have been increasing.
Vehicle crashes cost Missourians $4.8 billion each year in medical costs, lost workplace and household productivity, property damage, congestion costs and legal costs.
Adequate and sustainable investment will provide much-needed safety improvements such as guard cables, shoulders, and rumble strips.
Half of Missouri’s economy is substantially affected by freight, either through the direct movement of freight or the use of freight systems.
Missouri's freight system allows Missouri manufacturers to bring in raw materials and parts and transport products to and from other parts of the State and around the world. It allows farmers and agricultural producers to get products to market and bring feed, seed, and equipment to their farms.
Truck tonnage is forecast to increase from 500 million in 2011 to 778 million in 2030, an increase of 55.6 percent. Adequate and sustainable investment will allow Missouri to more effectively and efficiently move freight in, out, and through the state.
Transportation infrastructure is consistently ranked as one of the Top 2 factors (along with available workforce) among site selectors for business that are looking to relocate or expand.
While Missouri enjoys a geographic advantage, it is losing ground to other states as they make significant investments in their transportation infrastructure.
Adequate and sustainable investment in the state transportation system will allow Missouri to capitalize on its geographic location and attract jobs to the state.