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February 15, 2007 12:00 AM
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Praises Missouri for Innovative Transportation Ideas

JEFFERSON CITY - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said today she was impressed with the Missouri Department of Transportation's innovative transportation programs and how the agency was making wise use of taxpayer dollars.

"The Show Me State is showing America how to deliver highway projects on budget and on schedule, and even ahead of schedule," Peters said.  MoDOT recently completed the Smooth Roads Initiative, which improved 2,200 miles of the state's busiest highways, one year ahead of schedule.

Peters said she was in Jefferson City today because Missouri is a national leader when it comes to embracing innovative approaches and solutions.  She spoke to about 200 people gathered in Jefferson City for the annual Missouri Conference on Transportation sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation.

Peters, who oversees the federal agency in charge of the nation's transportation system, cited MoDOT's Smoother, Safer, Sooner program, the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Plan, design-build projects, public-private partnerships and bonding as some of the creative methods Missouri is using to improve its transportation system.

The Safe & Sound Bridge Plan, which will replace or repair 802 of Missouri's worst bridges in five years, "is attracting national attention for its especially creative approach to fixing the 800 worst bridges in the state," Peters said.

Such initiatives are producing measurable results that free up travel lanes in Missouri, a key priority for the transportation secretary.  Peters said she has made fighting congestion a top priority, and the federal budget targets $175 million for congestion relief.  The Interstate 70 truck corridor between Missouri and Ohio is one of the projects being considered to receive some of that federal funding.

The secretary also said she hoped the Missouri legislature would a pass primary safety belt law this year, saying it would save 90 lives a year in Missouri.
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