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March 04, 2009 12:00 AM
Commission Awards 32 Economic Recovery Projects
Final List Still to be Determined

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation is continuing its push to jumpstart the economy and provide work for Missourians through transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today approved 32 road resurfacing projects throughout the state that are funded by the federal economic stimulus package.  The projects total $38,992,000 and will support an estimated 1,000 jobs. 

Most of the work involves laying asphalt to make road surfaces smoother and safer.  More than $14 million will be used to resurface sections of Interstate 70 in Lafayette and Cooper counties.

MoDOT is analyzing the provisions of the economic recovery legislation to determine how it will spend the rest of the stimulus money not already obligated.  Fifty percent of the funds must be obligated no later than June 17, and the projects must be completed within three years. 

In addition, the Federal Highway Administration has said priority should be given to projects that maximize job creation and economic benefit and are located in economically distressed areas.  The guidelines can be found at www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/guidance.htm.

"The $637 million Missouri received in economic stimulus funds is welcome, but won't come close to meeting the $31 billion we have in transportation needs over the next 20 years," MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said.  "Still, it's a step in the right direction."

The 32 projects awarded today join four projects the Missouri Department of Transportation started Feb. 17 within minutes of President Barack Obama signing the federal economic recovery bill.  Missouri was the first state in the nation to have work under way with economic stimulus funds. 

 "We're aggressive in getting these stimulus projects going for two major reasons:  we want to put Missourians to work fast, and we want to show that investing in transportation infrastructure provides immediate economic relief," Rahn said.  "These are projects we could have ready to go quickly to create or maintain jobs.  They will make our highway system better and safer and save lives."

Under the act, Missouri will receive approximately $637 million for road and bridge projects and an estimated $150 million to address air, rail, transit, waterway and pedestrian projects throughout the state.  That amount of work will support an estimated 14,000 jobs and have an estimated $2.4 billion impact on the state's economy. 

More information on the second round of economic stimulus projects awarded today can be found at www.modot.org/readytogo.

Editor's note:  Here is the list of economic stimulus projects awarded March 4.

County                       Route                       Project Description                       Cost               

Carroll/

Saline                     41                      Resurfacing                       $1,569,000

Saline                   240                      Resurfacing                       $67,000

Saline                    41                       Resurfacing                       $575,000       

Macon                  156                       Resurfacing                       $544,000

Schuyler /                               

Putnam                136                      Resurfacing                       $977,000        

Schuyler               202                      Resurfacing                       $423,000        

Macon                    D                       Resurfacing                       $89,000          

Ralls                      J                       Resurfacing                       $412,000       

Ralls                     EE                       Resurfacing                       $247,000

Ralls /                                     

Monroe                 W                       Resurfacing                       $212,000        

Marion                  W, 61                  Resurfacing                       $177,000        

Lafayette               I-70           Resurfacing With Superpave And Bp-1      $6,861,000    

Platte                   I-29            Ultrathin Bonded Wearing Surface Overlay

                                              (Type C) and Optional Paving     $11,799,000  

Clinton                   A                       Resurfacing                       $577,000        

Ray                       C                       Resurfacing                       $182,000        

Clay                      69                       Resurfacing                       $260,000        

Lafayette               FF                       Resurfacing                       $438,000        

Ray                       M                       Resurfacing                       $206,000        

Cooper                 I-70   Coldmilling & Resurfacing With Superpave  $7,612,000

Maries/

Pulaski                    28                       Resurfacing                       $829,000        

Newton                    86         1" Resurfacing With Bp-2, New 2' Shoulders    $846,000        

Barry                       86        1" Resurfacing With Bp-2, New 2' Shoulders     $950,000        

Vernon                     K                       Resurfacing                        $125,000        

Vernon                     W                       Resurfacing                       $136,000        

Vernon                     BB                       Resurfacing                       $282,000        

Jasper                       P                       Resurfacing                       $225,000        

Jasper                       JJ                       Resurfacing                       $180,000

Barry /                                   

Lawrence                  39                       Resurfacing                       $498,000        

Stone/

Taney                     265                       Resurfacing                       $295,000        

Ripley                     142                       Resurfacing                       $764,000        

Butler                        M                         Resurfacing                       $358,000        

Butler                       142                       Resurfacing                       $277,000

                                                                                                $38,992,000

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