If you drive in the St. Louis or the St. Louis metro area, we don’t have to tell you about the potholes and cracks that cause a bumpy ride. Those potholes and constant stopping and starting put a lot of stress on your St. Louis cars’ shocks and struts. If you’re noticing that your car’s shocks and struts aren’t providing the old cushion, stability and smooth ride they once did, it’s time to motor on over to Cyclone Car Care, your trusted St. Louis auto repair specialists.
Missouri received a C- for the condition of our roads and bridges. https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/missouri/
Missouri’s roughly 34,000-mile highway network, the 7th largest in the country, plays a critical role in the state’s economic growth, traveler efficiency, and the quality of life of its citizens. In recent years, MoDOT has been able to fund and deliver roadway pavement maintenance improvements, significantly improving road surface conditions throughout the state’s transportation system. However, the state motor fuel tax has not increased since 1996, and Missouri ranks 4th lowest in state gas tax and 47th overall in revenue per mile. Due to inflation and rising construction costs, the 17-cent tax now equates to eight cents in purchasing power. Missouri only spends 43% of the national average on operations and maintenance per state-controlled mile. Without action in the state legislature, funding constraints are anticipated to continue, leaving Missouri’s ability to sustainably fund future roadway maintenance and improvement projects in jeopardy. Meanwhile, residents spend $604 annually per motorist in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs, compared with $533 per driver nationwide. A long-term revenue stream for transportation must be identified in order to improve Missouri’s economic competitiveness and keep residents safe.