JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved another 12 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects, bringing the total number awarded in Missouri to 111. The 12 projects total $71.9 million and will support an estimated 1,981 jobs.
The work includes repairing and replacing bridges, widening and resurfacing roadways, installing and repaving highway shoulders and upgrading curbs and sidewalks to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. A portion of the funding will go toward building a new welcome center on Interstate 55 in New Madrid.
"We understand the intent of this funding and that is to put money into the economy and put people to work," Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn said. "From the first day, we have taken advantage of the recovery act funding to help Missouri's economy. The projects we are able to tackle with this additional revenue will also make our transportation system safer and more efficient."
Effective planning and increased competition in the construction industry resulted in the projects coming in 19.2 percent under budget saving the state more than $17 million.
More information on the recovery act projects can be found at www.modot.org/readytogo.
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Editor's note: Here is the list of economic stimulus projects awarded July 8.
County Route Description Award Amount
Boone 740 Asphalt resurfacing $ 1,682,289
Buchanan AC Resurfacing, construct right turn lanes $ 1,937,843
Clay 169 ADA upgrades $ 1,116,659
Clay 1 ADA upgrades $ 1,219,949
Franklin 44 Grading, coldmilling and new pavement $17,377,494
Greene 65 Three projects that include repaving, $26,943,391
shoulders, grading, bridge replacement and
New Madrid I-55 Welcome center building, grading, paving $ 5,356,866
St. Louis City I-70 Resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, lighting $ 5,092,878
ADA upgrades, drainage, signals, signing
Taney 76 ADA upgrades $ 680,159
Wayne 34 Widening, resurfacing, paved shoulders $10,490,752