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Missouri officials plan for less road construction

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - The Missouri Department of Transportation's list of projects for the next five years is counting on significantly less money for road maintenance and construction.

A proposed 5-year highway plan released Wednesday estimates an average of $500 million annually for construction from 2011 through 2015. The last-five year plan estimated $1.25 billion annually for transportation improvements.

MoDOT officials say less money means the state won't be able to replace major bridges or widen some roads. They said declining state revenue, uncertainty about federal funding and the end of a bonding project led the department to plan for less funding.

Missourians can view and comment on the proposed project list on the department's website until June 4.

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Missouri Department of Transportation: http://www.modot.org

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