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July 08, 2016 08:51 AM
State Bridge, Highway Projects Now Funded
Five-Year Transportation Program Focuses on Safety, System Preservation

HANNIBAL – Several highway resurfacing projects and bridge repairs or replacements are just a few of the projects now funded in Missouri’s five-year Statewide Transportation Program, or STIP.  The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the STIP at its meeting Thursday, July 7, in St. Louis. Included in the funded projects are 14 miles of resurfacing on US 63 in Randolph County and 7 miles of resurfacing on US 36 in Macon County, as well as a new bridge on U.S. 63 in Schuyler County.  Although not funded, Business 63/Baltimore Street in Kirksville, Business 63 through Moberly, and Business 15 through Mexico, also are included as scoping projects.

“Focusing on safety and preservation of our system, in northeast Missouri we have nearly 300 miles of resurfacing planned on our major roads and several intersection improvements,” said MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough.  A full list of the projects approved is available online at http://bit.ly/29rVV52.

The Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River on U.S. 54 at Louisiana is also funded for replacement in the STIP, as well as repair or replacement for 50 other bridges throughout northeast Missouri.

Although it’s a larger program than those approved the last two years, it still does not enable MoDOT to tackle high-priority needs like the reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 70, the investment in expansion projects that increase economic growth, create jobs and reduce congestion, or to stabilize its level of services and to improve the condition of its bridges and minor roads.

“We have a long-term insufficient funding challenge if Missourians want more from their state’s transportation system,” Gough said.

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