Transportation task force will hold public hearing in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – If you have something to say about the condition of roads in the Missouri Ozarks, you’ll get your chance next week.

The third meeting of the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The task force will evaluate the current condition of the state’s transportation system and funding levels, and to make recommendations regarding the same to the legislature.

The bipartisan panel includes members of the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate, a member of the governor’s staff, the director of economic development, the superintendent of the highway patrol, the director of transportation, and nine Missouri private-sector representatives.

Wednesday’s meeting will focus on the impact of transportation infrastructure on business and economic development. The meeting is open to the public, and an hour of the meeting will be devoted to public testimony regarding Missouri’s state highway system and its funding.

The meeting will last from 1 to 3:30 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 S John Q Hammons Parkway.

The task force previously held meetings in Jefferson City and Kansas City. Future monthly meetings will be in Kirksville, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Columbia.