Two local organizations will speak in Kansas City on Thursday. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is meeting at Union Station all day.

Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Randy White is scheduled to give a presentation at 2:00. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with White:

Randall White

Pioneer Trails works in Johnson, Lafayette, Saline, and Pettis Counties. White wants to bring a fresh perspective to members of the Highways and Transportation Commission.

“A number of them are from the Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield area.  Not a lot from the rural side,” said White. “So what I’m trying to do is just familiarize them with the rural portion of Missouri. Which certainly Pioneer Trails Represents.”

Missouri Highway 13 Corridor Coalition Chairman Bill Bernier is also scheduled to give a presentation. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Bernier:

Bill Bernier

The organization represents Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Ray, and Caldwell Counties. The group wants to see Highway 13 expanded to four lanes between Clinton and Highway 36. Funding for major road projects is a challenge in Missouri.

“The Highways and Transportation Commission and MoDOT are involved in exploring those things,” said Bernier. “They have a long-range planning initiative called On the Move that they’re involved in, that will set transportation priorities for the next 20 years. And the step we’re at right now is to ask that 13 be set at a high priority in that long-range plan.”

The following step will be to find the funds that will make the project possible.

More information about the Highways and Transportation Commission is available at modot.gov.