MoDOT seeks to save $200M over 5 years

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri transportation officials plan to save more than $200 million over the next five years by cutting spending and reducing employment rolls.

The Department of Transportation's plan would eliminate 400 salaried positions by July 2013, although the agency says no layoffs would occur.

MoDOT would also mow grass, replace signs and pick up litter less frequently, and cut the number of vehicles and buildings it owns.

The cuts won't affect transportation projects that already have been bid.

The state Highways and Transportation Commission approved the savings plan Wednesday.

The department has already postponed about $130 million worth of highway projects this year because of uncertainty about federal funding.

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