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MoDOT says 'no' vote threatens road maintenance

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri voters said "no" to a transportation tax that would fund 800 Missouri Department of Transportation projects.

Voting down Amendment 7 means Missouri shoppers won't see taxes go up at the store and MoDot won't get an estimated $5.4 billion over 10 years in tax revenue.

Without that revenue, officials say none of those 800 projects can happen.

There were several projects planned for southeast Missouri.

They included repairing the I-55 overpass on Bloomfield Road, and widening Route 67 near Popular Bluff.

MoDot could soon be dealing with a funding shortage.

"We're anticipating a $325 million program by 2017 and 2018," said MoDot district engineer Mark Shelton. "We anticipate the system to get worse as time goes on."

Shelton said that number is about $160 million short of what it takes to maintain roads and bridges.

He said its unlikely drivers will see an immediate impact by the vote but roads could start to deteriorate if there are no new sources of revenue.

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