Gov. Blunt Signs Bridge Legislation

1 decade 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 06 2007 Sep 6, 2007 Thursday, September 06, 2007 4:07:15 AM CDT September 06, 2007 in News
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ST. JOSEPH (AP) - Governor Blunt signs legislation today in St. Joseph that supporters say will allow the state to fix more than 800 bridges within five years.Blunt said under the plan Missouri will speed repairs of its bridges by awarding a single 30-year contract to fix and maintain 802 of its worst bridges.Lawmakers approved the new bill last week during a special session.Missouri highway officials had outlined the bridge plan almost a year before the August 1st collapse of a Minnesota bridge killed 13 people. But Blunt said the tragedy brought more urgency to the issue.The contractor that wins the job will be required to fix or replace the 802 bridges within five years, which would take two decades at the state's current pace of bridge maintenance.

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