MoDOT proposal generates lively discussion from few at meeting

Eric Schroeter, interim district engineer, left, explains how the Missouri Department of Transportation hopes to save more than $512 million during a lightly-attended community meeting Monday evening at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

Eric Schroeter, interim district engineer, left, explains how the Missouri Department of Transportation hopes to save more than $512 million during a lightly-attended community meeting Monday evening at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Almost a half-dozen Mid-Missourians stopped by the Transportation Department’s Jefferson City open-house meeting Monday, to hear the department’s reasoning for proposing major cutbacks.

And three of those visitors — along with state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City and a former Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission chairman — had a lively discussion with Eric Schroeter, interim district engineer.

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“I think they answered (questions) other than specific personnel numbers,” said contractor Dick Otke, the only one of the three willing to be interviewed.

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