U.S. Senate extends funding for highway projects

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COLUMBIA- Traffic and funding almost came to a screeching halt on Saturday as the U.S. Department of Transportation's highway trust fund was set to expire late Friday night. Instead the U.S. Senate passed a bill that prevented the shut down by passing an extension of funding until October 29.

Over the past six years, congress has passed 33 short-term measures to extend highway funding without planning for long-term needs.

While congress delayed again, it did provide an $8 billion fund to be used for the time being. This prevented the immediate shut down of all DOT projects and allows for road work and bridge construction to continue as planned.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill released a statement after the Senate's 65-34 vote on the new bill.

"This long-term transportation bill isn't perfect, but it's what Missouri needs to tackle major infrastructure projects, and to maintain and improve our roads and bridges," she said.

McCaskill concluded by reminding the need for action from the House. "Now the ball is in the U.S. House of Representatives' court, to act on a long-term solution, instead of the haphazard stop-gap measures they seem to favor," she said.