Highways chairman: I-70 ‘falling apart’ below the surface

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Commuters on Interstate 70 just west of Highway 370 on May 20, 2011. Photo by Dawn Majors of the Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The chairman of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission says Interstate 70 is “falling apart” below the surface.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that chairman Steve Miller made the comments during a talk with St. Louis area leaders earlier this week.

The first portions of I-70 were built in 1957. The Missouri Department of Transportation has made no secret of looming financial shortfalls, and Miller says belt-tightening leaves little room for the kind of project needed for Interstate 70.

Miller says 60 percent of the state’s population lives within 30 miles of I-70, with 60 percent of the state’s jobs also in that same corridor.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch