Bridge Repair Delays

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, July 01 2007 Jul 1, 2007 Sunday, July 01, 2007 10:21:58 AM CDT July 01, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The state's highway director says repair work on 800 of Missouri's worst bridges will be delayed until September or October. Pete Rahn, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, says the state was scheduled to award the bridge contract in mid-July. The delay will give MoDOT more time to work out a legal issue. The massive project was designed to get the bridges fixed more cheaply -- and quickly -- than bidding each bridge individually. The plan calls for 80% of the state's substandard bridges to be fixed by 2012. But questions have surfaced about the size of the performance bonds that contractors must put up. State law requires two bidders for the project to proceed. Two teams have put in bids on the projects, and so far neither has pulled out.

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