One of the key roles of the Northeast Regional Planning Commission is our partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation, a working relationship that dates back to the early 1990s with the implementation of the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, which expanded the transportation planning process to now include a broad range of voices including city and county elected officials, business and industry leaders as well as at-large members of the public. All of this comes together in the form of the Transportation Advisory Council (TAC).
The NEMO RPC TAC continues to meet quarterly to work with MoDOT on prioritizing transportation needs in the six counties. The 2019-20 fiscal year saw some movement on one of those key fronts as progress was made on MoDOT’s high priority unfunded road and bridge needs list, where the region has two projects listed: raising the road at Alexandria and improving safety on Highway 15. The unfunded needs list is basically MoDOT’s “on-deck circle” with projects in a holding pattern awaiting funding.
Work began in the summer of 2020 to widen Highway 15 and add shoulders and rumble strips. Two-foot shoulders and safety strips were added on Highway 15 from the Iowa State line to Memphis. Plans are to do similar work from Memphis to Edina in Knox County and then from Edina to Shelbyville in Shelby County in the next few years.
The estimated $4.5 million project to address road closures due to flooding in Clark County still remains a top priority of the TAC as part of the estimated $850 million in unfunded needs MoDOT is seeking to address.
The NEMO RPC TAC annually compiles a ranking list of transportation needs in the six-county region which is submitted to MoDOT for consideration of the proposed projects when the transportation department builds the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) five year plan for MoDOT construction projects. The 18 TAC members each assign priority rankings to the roughly 30-40 projects, which are then compiled into a final needs list ranking that is submitted to MoDOT for consideration.
Current and Past TAC Needs Lists
We have created needs data sheets for the projects that have been identified by the TAC for consideration in the local prioritization process for the MoDOT unfunded needs list, utilizing data provided by MoDOT and other sources.