The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission wants you to figure out the I-70 mess.
Meeting Wednesday in Kansas City, MoDOT and the MHTC unveiled a program called “Road to Tomorrow.” They want the private sector, entrepreneurs, and others to submit ideas for rebuilding and expanding I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.
“We’re open to any and all ideas,” chairman Stephen Miller said in a statement.
Those ideas could include GPS technology, self-driving car lanes, new materials and other ideas. But the commission also wants ideas on how to pay for all of it, a much tougher job.
Lawmakers have rejected increases in the gas taxes, and the public recently rejected a sales tax for roads. Proposals to turn I-70 into a toll road have also struggled.
It’s estimated that adding lanes to I-70 across the state would cost north of $4 billion. MoDOT lacks that kind of cash.