Missouri transportation officials OK spending cut plan - KMOV.com

Missouri transportation officials OK spending cut plan

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By Don Ryan By Don Ryan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri transportation officials have approved a plan to cut positions, close facilities and sell equipment to bolster money for road and bridge projects.

The Highways and Transportation Commission approved the proposal Wednesday. Transportation Department Director Kevin Keith says it will save $512 million by 2015 and $117 million annually.

Under the plan, about 1,200 positions will be cut, 131 facilities will be closed and 740 pieces of equipment will be sold. Some jobs already have been cut, and officials will use attrition and transfers to minimize layoffs. The staff cuts will be made by April 2013.

The plan also calls for district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs to close. About 70 to 80 workers will remain in each of those areas under the supervision of an area engineer.

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