Feds to Reimburse State for Bridge Repair
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Feds to Reimburse State for Bridge Repair

Date: September 5, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The new bridge reconstruction plan or the Safe and Sound project as MoDot is calling it, looks to repair or replace over 800 deficient Missouri bridges in a 5 year span and plans to fund the project with a little help from their friends, the Federal government.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from Jefferson City.

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When the Missouri legislature passed the bridge reconstruction plan it had a proposed budget of 400 to 600 million dollars but was vague on where the money would come from.

Ken Warbritton, the project director of MoDOT's bridge improvement program,says MoDOT expects the federal government to pay 80 to 90 percent of the project's costs.

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Description: The whole intent of our contract is to make sure that as much as possible nearly all of it will qualify for federal funding reimbursement.


Missouri recieves 130 million dollars annully for bridge repair, but Warbritton says they only expect to put about one third of that money behind this project.

From Jefferson City, I'm Ben DeMeyer