Public opinion may not matter when it comes to turning a stretch of I-70 in Missouri into a toll road. MoDOT Director Kevin Keith says a plan to rebuild the highway with tolls wouldn't necessarily need voter approval. Keith says private companies would put up the money for the project, then collect the tolls as payment. The proposed tollway would run from Wentzville to Kansas City.
Lawmakers in the Show-Me State are discussing the possibility of adding a toll as the state tries to look at how to make the ride smoother and faster from East to West across the state. MoDOT says I-70 needs at least two-billion dollars in work and maybe even twice that if separate truck lanes are built. Keith says tolls could free up the $75 million to $90 million spent each year on I-70 to other transportation projects.