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JEFFERSON CITY - Smart use of taxpayer dollars has allowed the Missouri Department of Transportation to undertake an additional $144 million worth of work on some of the state's worst highways. More than 1,500 miles of lettered and smaller numbered routes will be smoother and safer thanks to the added work throughout the state.
When highway maintenance operations done internally by MoDOT crews are added to the work done by contractors, nearly 4,000 miles of pavement improvements were completed on smaller rural routes in 2009.
"We are stretching every dollar to pay for additional improvements on some of our worst conditioned roads meaning that Missourians are benefiting from smoother, safer highways," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. "MoDOT is well aware of the needs on our rural highway system and we are addressing them as best we can with the funds available."
The department completed $100 million in new pavement on small highways this year. Additionally, $43 million in pavement improvements will be made in 2010. MoDOT was able to reinvest cost savings from operational efficiencies and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects into the added work.