- Complaints on the conditions of roads and bridges in the city are submitted constantly.
- “An average year, we’ll get about 2,500 service request for work to be done,” said Ron Bailey, superintendent of streets for Springfield.
- According to Missouri Department of Transportation, 60 percent of the state’s bridges are past their intended life.
- There were 866 bridges in Missouri that received poor ratings from the Federal Highway Administration.
How Are The Roads In Springfield?
The Springfield Report contacted The Missouri Department of Transportation to question the length of time it took to receive a response for an open records request. According to Missouri Sunshine Law, a response should be sent to the recipient of information within 15 working days.
Gari Luttrell, senior paralegal for MoDot said the request was “confusing to bridge staff.” She said the files weren’t easily accessible.
“We can’t just pull it and say, ‘here you go,’” Luttrell said.
However, Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey said there is a report for every bridge.
“Modot has inspectors that come in (and) they rate each of our bridges independently,” Bailey said.
The Springfield Report asked for reports of five bridges, which were not sent. The Springfield Report was advised to submit another request because the initial request was closed.
Danisha Hogue – reporter
Trinh Nguyen – video
Chandler Rogers- reporter
Kayla LeDoux – graphics