In less than a decade, Missouri's roads have plunged from being one of the nation's top to the third worst. In this investigation the Star cites malpractices in the Missouri Dept.of Transportation as the main cause. From paying contractors without proper monitoring of their work, to misplacing checks worth a quarter of a million dollars, all roads of blame lead to MoDOT. Also, the Star reports on how this autonomous state agency has lost track of how much property it owned. At the end of all this, the report finds out that Missouri's roads have more than 20 major potholes and bumps per mile-- about one every three seconds at 60mph.