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      Five-year program focuses on roadway maintenance

      The majority of work would includes smaller projects focused on roadway and bridge maintenance.
      A proposed five-year transportation improvement program includes just one major roadway project for central Missouri.That project would be a new interchange at Route 50 and Lafayette Street in Jefferson City, which could start in late 2014.The majority of work would includes smaller projects focused on roadway and bridge maintenance, which could include resurfacing pavement and putting new decks on rural bridges."With the decline in funding for transportation, we will be focusing on more routine maintenance projects not just in central Missouri, but statewide," David Silvester, MoDOT Central District engineer, said. "Without additional funding, we just won't be able to address many of the project needs that remain."

      The five-year program was presented Wednesday to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.Public comment on the draft 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is open until May 31. Those interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT's customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The program is also available on MoDOT's website http://www.modot.org/and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state.That input will be shared with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which will review the comments and final program before considering it for approval on July 10.