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President Bush has signed a highway bill that he says will bring America's transportation network into the 21st century.
According to U.S. Senator Kit bond, the bill includes 1.3 billion dollars in additional highway money to Missouri.
Mike Smith has the story:
Monday Aug 1st, Senator Kit Bond and state transportation officials hosted the first series of transportation summits to celebrate passage of the federal highway bill and Missouri transportation priorities.
At the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Bond, the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said passage of the 286.5 billion dollar ighway bill was long over due. He said for years he has fought to increase the return on the dollar Missourians pay in federal transportation taxes, and passage of the bill helps boost the payback to 98 cents on the dollar.
For Southwest Missouri, the bill includes 20 million dollars to complete 4 lanes of Highway 13 in Greene and Polk counties; 20 million to widen U.S. 65 to 4 lanes from Rt.EE to I-44; 10 million dollarss to rebuild the 60/60 interchange in Southeast Springfield; and 10 million to widen Rt. 66 in Jasper County.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.