One hundred years ago, the Missouri General Assembly created the State Highway Department-- the precursor to today’s Missouri Department of Transportation. Governor Jay Nixon has issued a 100th anniversary proclamation, and MoDOT spokesperson DeAnne Rickabaugh tells KZIM-KZIM that it was a hands organization in the beginning. Rickabaugh says that today, MoDOT is responsible for 33,702 miles of state highways and more than 10,000 bridges. The state boasts 125 public-use airports, 4,800 miles of mainline railroad track, the third-largest inland port in the nation, more than 70 million transit trips per year and more than 600 miles of shared-use paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.
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