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Billions headed to Missouri transportation fund from gas tax hike, infrastructure bill

(Missouri Independent) – With $6.5 billion on the way from the federal infrastructure bill and a newly increased gas tax, Missouri is ready to take a big bite out of $4.5 billion in unfunded highway needs, Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said this week. But that doesn’t mean the state is ready to tackle […]

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Climate funds in infrastructure bill aimed at drought, wildfires, floods

(Missouri Independent) – The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill isn’t just about roads and bridges — it also spends billions to address wildfire, drought, flooding, and other effects from climate change, Interior Department officials said Wednesday. The $1.2 trillion measure, which is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature after the House cleared it last week, includes pay […]

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White House says “Easing of supply chain problems to start with backed-up seaports”

(Missouri Independent) – The first seaport to improve its facilities following passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill could be in Savannah, Ga., a senior Biden administration official said Tuesday. President Joe Biden has yet to sign the measure, which Congress sent to Biden’s desk late last week, funding improvements in highways, transit, ports, waterways, airports, […]

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Missouri Department of Transportation accepting proposals on Shoal Creek bridge in Livingston County

The Missouri Department of Transportation is accepting proposals until the end of this year for the reuse of the Pony Truss, Warren alternating vertical bridge on Livingston County Route C over Shoal Creek, currently located 1.4 miles northwest of Dawn. The Shoal Creek Bridge is a 1933, rigid-connected, 178-foot long bridge with a 100-foot Warren […]

Trenton, Missouri

Trenton Administrative Committee discusses the breed-specific dog ban

Trenton’s Administrative Committee on Tuesday night voted two to one against repealing the breed-specific dog ordinance. This recommendation will be forwarded to the Monday night meeting of the full Trenton City Council. Committee members voting to keep the current ordinance were David Mlika and Danny Brewer. Voting to repeal the ordinance was Robert Romesburg. Kevin […]

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Grundy County Commission to open bids and meet with Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation

The Grundy County Commission will discuss projects and hold a bid opening next week. The agenda for the meeting at the courthouse in Trenton on September 21st includes Jackie Soptic and Chris Hoffman with the Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation at 8:30 in the morning regarding the Streambank Stabilization project, a bid opening for courthouse […]

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Grundy County Commission approves engineering firm for bridge replacement projects

The Grundy County Commission on September 14th approved the Howe Company of Macon as the consulting engineering firm for a project involving the future replacement of nine rural bridges. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports the commission looked at six proposals, scored them, and chose the Howe Company’s. The decision was based on expertise and technical […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of August 23, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in northern Missouri for the week of August 23 – 29. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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Grundy County requesting “Letters of Qualifications” from engineering firms

Grundy County is requesting “Letters of Qualifications” from interested engineering firms to guide the future replacement of nine rural bridges. A packet listing the bridges and construction requirements is available at the Grundy County Clerks’ office in the courthouse. Letters of qualifications are due by 3 pm September 10, 2021, to the Grundy County Clerk […]

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Missouri requests federal disaster declaration to receive reimbursements for damage to public infrastructure

Governor Mike Parson requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance to a total of 21 counties in response to severe storms and flooding that began on June 19 and continued through July 1. “Due to extremely heavy rains and significant flash flooding in late June, Missouri experienced […]

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Missouri lags behind other states in broadband access and adoption

Missouri lags behind many other states in broadband access and adoption, limiting people’s ability to participate in the emerging digital economy, digital learning, and even telemedicine. The trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed the Senate this week, includes $65 billion to boost high-speed internet access, along with other funds for roads, bridges, airports, and Amtrak. Tim […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of August 9, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of August 9 – 15. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at MoDOT Traveler Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in […]

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U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

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Harrison County Route P bridge now open

Harrison County Route P is now open following the White Oak Creek Bridge replacement project near McFall. Contractors from Boone Construction Co., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, opened the roadway this morning after completing the bridge replacement project, which began in mid-April. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus […]

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Governor Parson signs SB 262 into law, increasing transportation funding for critical infrastructure projects

Governor Mike Parson has signed SB 262 into law, which will increase transportation funding for critical state and local infrastructure projects across the state of Missouri.  “With nearly $1 billion in unfunded transportation needs each year, we can no longer wait for another day or another generation. We must change course and address these problems head-on,” Governor Parson said. “SB […]