Harms to Rural Areas

The traffic fatality rate on Missouri’s non-Interstate rural roads is generally 2-3 times higher than the traffic fatality rate on all other roads and highways in the state.
traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel
Missouri has among the highest rates in Nation
Rural pavements in poor condition excluding interstates,  and
Structurally deficient rural bridges.
Note, ‘County Roads’ are usually maintained by local governments not state level DOTs as in Missouri
Underfunding rural transit means highest infant mortality rate in rural areas like the Bootheel - above the national average

Missouri has very high infant mortality rates across the state.

Women cannot get to prenatal care without transit in rural areas, cities and suburbs.

MoDOT has almost 3 TIMES the road miles that they have funding for

Missouri is

18th in population, and

18th in land area

18th in transportation funding

At 33,900 road miles, MoDOT has the 7th largest system in the nation

More than Iowa, Nebraska, & Kansas COMBINED

Thus MoDOT is unable to maintain either rural or urban roads

MoDOT ranks 46th in revenue spent per mile

Missouri has the 4th lowest gas tax in the nation.

Gas tax increases fail in rural & urban areas

The last tax increase was 1992.

Unlike most states, MoDOT is responsible for Minor Rural Roads (e.g. lettered roads like AA or BB). In other states, these “County Roads” are the responsibility of local county governments. While MoDOT maintains these local rural roads, MoDOT does not maintain most city or suburban streets. This is despite the fact that city and suburban drivers pay the overwhelming majority of driver taxes. In cities and suburbs generally local streets and bridges are funded by property taxes.


This is not working for anyone - rural, city, or suburban taxpayers. Privately, rural men report a poor bridge they must cross daily. City and suburban drivers pay much more on gas, car repairs, congestion... We need modern rules that would work better for everyone!

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