Kevin Keith, director with the Missouri Department of Transportation, addresses a press conference in Jefferson City. To his left is chairwoman Grace Nichols. (File photo)

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday will take up a proposal to reduce the Missouri Department of Transportation’s staffing, facilities and equipment in an effort to put more funding toward vital road and bridge projects.

The commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 100 of MoDOT’s Central Office Building, 105 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith will present the department’s proposed “Bolder Five-Year Direction,” which calls for closing the District 9 headquarters in Willow Springs. The proposal has drawn uniform protest across south-central Missouri.

Public presentations on the topic will follow. The commission is expected to adjourn following the public presentations to deliberate on the plan and then reconvene later in the day, according to a MoDOT press release.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet at

The live streaming will stop when the commission adjourns and will resume when the meeting starts again

A news conference will be held following the commission meeting. A video of the entire meeting will be posted on MoDOT’s website at following the commission meeting.


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