Missouri  Highways and Transportation Commission members want input on what to do with Interstate 70.

Following their June meeting in St. Louis, commission members announced their intention to make I-70 from the Kansas City area to St. Louis available to private industry, entrepreneurs and innovators as a laboratory for construction of the next generation of highways. MHTC Chairman Stephen R. Miller says, “We’re open to any and all ideas. Just as MODOT’s design-build projects over the last decade have produced insights and innovations not previously imagined, we are confident that offering free reign to human creativity and a designated site for implementation will generate the very best in American ingenuity.”

MODOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger has appointed a team of MODOT experts to solicit and evaluate ideas from the private sector. Those ideas need to not only focus on innovations in traffic engineering, design and construction, but also innovative ways of funding transportation infrastructure. Hassinger says the program will be called “Road to Tomorrow.” More information may be found at www.modot.org/road2tomorrow