MoDOT proposes nearly $1B in stimulus projects -

MoDOT proposes nearly $1B in stimulus projects

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri transportation officials have increased to nearly $1 billion the projects that could be completed using federal stimulus money.

Missouri Department of Transportation chief engineer Kevin Keith said Friday that some of the new projects were added to use any funds that other states cannot use. Keith says that's not likely to happen but Missouri should be prepared to get every available dollar.

MoDOT's plan includes road improvements across the state, repaving at the state's small and municipal airports, port improvements and rail projects.

In all, the new proposal would spend $661 million for roads and bridges, $239 million for rail, airports and transit and $36 million for trails, sidewalks and welcome centers.

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