In his 2005 Smooth Roads Initiative, Missouri governor Matt Blunt delivered a challenge for the Missouri DOT (MoDOT): improve 2200 miles of the state's busiest highways by the end of 2007. Road crews beat the goal by one year.

About ¾ of the state's roadways languished in fair to poor condition when the initiative began and work started. Now, approximately 70% of those roads are in good condition.

“In just two short years, we repaired or repaved almost enough highway miles to stretch from New York to Las Vegas,” says MoDOT director Pete Rahn. Highway crews placed more than 12.8 million tons of asphalt—double the amount used in a typical two-year period.

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