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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's transportation chief is warning that the state won't have enough money to maintain its roads in a few years.
 
The state's construction budget for roads and bridges has fallen from about $1.3 billion annually five years ago to $685 million this year. Transportation Department Director Dave Nichols said Thursday that the annual road-and-bridge budget is projected to fall to about $325 million in 2017.
 
That's considerably shy of the $485 million annually that Nichols says it takes to maintain the highway system in its current condition.
 
Nichols spoke at a transportation conference in Jefferson City hosted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
Some of those at the conference are pushing a proposed ballot initiative that would ask voters to impose a 1-cent sales tax for transportation.
 
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Note for drivers who might be stuck on EB I-44 at mile marker 107--which is near the Conway Marshfield exit.

A multi-vehicle accident has shut down all lanes of the highway. There is no detour at this time, all local routes are snow-covered. MoDOT is encouraging drivers to leave the interstate and find warm shelter.

The accident is expected to be cleared sometime before 4 PM.

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