McCaskill Announces Funding To Improve Missouri Highways
Federal Highway Administration awards state $1 million to improve road conditions
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced today that the Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $1 million grant to the Missouri Department of Transportation for road improvements on the I-29/I-35 corridor in Kansas City. The grant is being provided under the Federal Highway Administration’s Highways for LIFE program, an initiative designed to use innovative ideas and new technologies in order to improve the quality and safety of highways nationwide.
“I am pleased that the Federal Highway Administration will be sending funds back to Missouri in order to improve the conditions on the I-29/I-35 corridor in Kansas City,” said McCaskill. “This grant will help address congestion by increasing roadway capacity and improving safety.”
The project will use fixed-price, design-build contracting in order to promote innovative construction practices. Construction on the corridor will begin at the end of 2007, and is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2011.
McCaskill believes that federal grants are a positive alternative to earmarks, which are often authorized during a secretive process and with little accountability. Competitive federal grants like this one bring federal dollars back to Missouri in an honest and fiscally responsible manner.