I said it election night in August and I'll say it again. The Missouri Legislature needs to abolish the State Highway and Transportation Commission. One of the state's largest agencies needs to be run by a Secretary of Transportation which reports to elected (not appointed) officials.
Look at Kansas if you want to see how a DOT works with an SOT vs a Commission.
"McClurg discovered that all nine maintenance-supervisor positions that she had thought she was qualified for in 2011 were filled by younger men, five of whom had disciplinary records. One man had received a warning for committing a safety violation. Another was once suspended for making racially insensitive remarks to a black employee immediately following a MoDOT diversity-training session in 2010. A third was suspended for attending, but not reporting to his superiors, a work party in Platte City at which a female MoDOT employee dressed and danced provocatively."
"Sharon Taegel, who had worked for MoDOT since 1985, lost her position of assistant to the Kansas City district engineer in 2011. Taegel's lawsuit outlines a systematic replacement of female employees in the Kansas City office with younger male workers, as part of a "longstanding good old boy network."
And this would build a couple of bridges or replace 10+ traffic signals:
"In defending itself, MoDOT has paid employment-law firm Littler Mendelson nearly $3 million since 2012, according to state records."
You know it's much better to have unelected state workers figure out how to spend billions and billions of dollars.....
"Missouri lawmakers are less concerned with MoDOT's day-to-day operations. That responsibility falls to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which was created in part to reduce the influence of legislators who might try to prioritize transportation projects in their own districts."
I wish there were some more people in the statehouse asking about this situation:
"Kevin Keith, the director of MoDOT in 2011, hatched the Bolder 5-Year Direction. (Citing health reasons, he resigned suddenly in 2013.) "
Now we sit and wait and listen be told that us taxpayers are going to have to fork over more money at some point while things like this continue to happen.
I'm just an outsider looking in. Check out some more great research by Steve and what MoDOT employees think of how MoDOT is managed here.