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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, Telephone: (202) 366-0660
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $11.2 Million for Missouri Highway, Bridge Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state. The Bush administration is providing more than $11.2 million for replacement of the Highway 19 Bridge in Herman, for improvements to U.S. Route 67 in southeastern Missouri and for seven other Missouri transportation projects.

"Investing in Missouri's highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.

Several of the projects will ease congestion on some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated almost $3.5 million to replace the Highway 19 Bridge in Hermann, just west of St. Louis, and $2.9 million for improvements to U.S. 67 in southeastern Missouri.

Other projects include $2.1 million for a new statewide technology that would speed up emergency services information and help link rural transit providers with those that need it. Also approved is almost $580,000 for the Flintlock Road Overpass in Liberty

"The funding we're announcing today is an investment in the transportation infrastructure of Missouri and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."

The following table shows the programs and projects funded by these grants.

Borders and Corridors 3,479,350
Flintlock Road Overpass, City of Liberty 579,892
US 67 Improvements 2,899,458
Bridge 3,711,306
Greene County Demonstration Bridge 231,956
Highway 19 Bridge Replacement 3,479,350
Interstate Maintenance 695,870
Interstate 44 and US 65 Interchange 579,892
Phase II, I-44 Modification. Widen Eastbound I-44 Bridge at Meramec River 115,978
ITS 3,347,926
Missouri Statewide Rural ITS 2,159,952
Springfield, Missouri Regional ITS 1,079,976
Intelligent Transportation System – Kansas City metro area 107,998

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