Missouri officials want I-70 to become innovation lab

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Facing limited funding and a cross-state highway in need of improvements, the Missouri Department of Transportation is asking for suggestions from the public on ways to turn Interstate 70 into a “highway of the future.”

Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission, said Wednesday the transportation department wants to hear from private industry and innovators on how to help create the first section of a high-tech highway along I 70 between Independence and Wentzville.

A team of MoDot employees will also devise highway solutions that include their own revenue streams.

A 2014 MoDot report said in order to address problems along I 70 the cheapest option was $2 billion and more significant expansions could cost up to $4 billion, out of reach for the Missouri budget.

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