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February 01, 2008 12:00 AM
Safe & Sound Bridge Program
Highlighted In Governorís Capitol For A Day Visit

FARMINGTON - As Governor Matt Blunt brought the state capital to Farmington today, one of his stops was a bridge that's so old and worn-out it will need to be closed soon if repairs aren't made. Built in 1936 and carrying more than 2,400 vehicles a day on Route D north of town, its driving surface is crumbling and it's so narrow that oncoming cars must squeeze together to pass by each other.

Fortunately, it's one of 800 bridges scheduled for repair or replacement under the Missouri Department of Transportation's Safe & Sound bridge improvement program. The innovative plan will repair or replace many of the state's most worn-out bridges in the next five years.

"Building and maintaining transportation infrastructure is vital for economic growth and the safety of Missouri families," Gov. Blunt said. "The Safe & Sound bridge program will help ensure that Missouri's bridges are safe for our families and all travelers and visitors to our state."

Gov. Blunt called a special session last year and secured vital legislation to improve and replace hundreds of Missouri bridges by allowing contractors to access the bonds needed for the projects. The bonds for the Safe & Sound bridge improvement program will help protect the taxpayer by ensuring the work is completed by the contractors who fix and replace the bridges. Without this change, no contractors would have been able to obtain the required bonds, which would have stopped the program from moving forward.

The Safe & Sound program is scheduled to begin in the next few months.

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