MoDot Accepts Challenge to Finish Road Projects Earlier

JANUARY 13, 2006 - Posted at 3:45 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri's major roads will be getting smoother sooner.

The Department of Transportation says it has accepted Governor Blunt's challenge to try and finish re-paving 2,200 miles of highway by the end of 2006.

That's one year earlier than originally planned.

Transportation Director Pete Rahn says Blunt took him by surprise earlier this week when he forewarned that he'd be putting the challenge in his State of the State speech.

Rahn says finishing a year early will be challenging.  But he thinks it's possible.

One logistical concern is whether highway contractors will be able to handle the extra work this summer.

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