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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's transportation chief is warning that the state won't have enough money to maintain its roads in a few years.
 
The state's construction budget for roads and bridges has fallen from about $1.3 billion annually five years ago to $685 million this year. Transportation Department Director Dave Nichols said Thursday that the annual road-and-bridge budget is projected to fall to about $325 million in 2017.
 
That's considerably shy of the $485 million annually that Nichols says it takes to maintain the highway system in its current condition.
 
Nichols spoke at a transportation conference in Jefferson City hosted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
Some of those at the conference are pushing a proposed ballot initiative that would ask voters to impose a 1-cent sales tax for transportation.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will help finance the estimated $2 million needed to remove mold and make repairs at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.

The prison has become a major attraction since it stopped housing inmates in 2004, but high levels of mold forced officials to close it to the public in October. Officials say it had been on pace for more than 20,000 visitors this year.

Nixon said Wednesday the state and the Jefferson City government will share the costs evenly, with a goal of resuming public tours next spring. Three buildings and the gas chamber will be repaired.

The penitentiary began housing inmates in 1836 and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River when it closed.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:15

MoDOT pushes back emergency bridge work

MoDOT is planning emergency work on I-70 in the coming weeks.

The weekend of August 9-11, crews will close all lanes of northbound of Route 141 at I-70. MoDOT needs to repair a bridge at that location after a truck hit it in late June. The lanes will closes at 8 Friday night and reopen by that Monday morning rush.

There is a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Sunday. Concertgoers will not be able to access westbound I-70 from Earth City Expressway after the concert.

The closure was scheduled for this weekend, but had to be rescheduled because of the rainy forecast. 

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Our rainy weather has postponed the start of repairs to fix a noxious smell at the Bridgeton landfill.  

Landfill owners, Republic Services had warned residents that the smell will get worse during the early phase of moving things around to ultimately snuff the stench.

 Residents who live near by have been offered expenses to stay in a hotel. All work should be completed by June 14th.

 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.

The measure was approved by a 29-4 vote on Wednesday. It would allow the state to spend $50 million on new Capitol windows and structural repairs, $38 million on a new state office building, $20 million for parks and $13 million to fund design plans at Fulton State Hospital.

Lawmakers moved forward with the additional funding last week after Gov. Jay Nixon's administration released an April financial report showing state revenue had increased by more than 11 percent from last year.

The spending plan now heads back to the House.

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MoDOT's entire phone system is down today.

Officials say crews are working to repair the technical failure, but there is no estimate for when service will be restored. This outage affect all MoDOT offices in the state.

Motorists with emergencies should call 911.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers could seek to include money for state Capitol repairs in a proposed $1.2 billion state bonding proposal.

A measure endorsed this week by the House Budget Committee would include $100 million for work on the roughly century-old Capitol. The full House could consider the bonding package as early as next week. Voter approval ultimately would be required before bonds are issued.

State officials say years of water infiltration have taken a toll on the Capitol. In part of the basement, stalactites hang from the ceiling and the concrete is damaged. It's estimated to cost $40 million to $45 million to address infrastructure needs such as waterproofing, substructure repairs and fixing exterior stone.

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