Bridge Repair Plan Delayed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A plan to repair 800 of the state's worst bridges is being delayed by legal questions.

Missouri transportation officials say the highway commission won't choose a contractor at its meeting this month as expected.  Instead, it will delay until the fall in hopes of finding a solution to concerns about the size of a required performance bond.

The bridge repair program is expected to cost $400 million to $600 million.

Potential bidders are concerned about the size of bond required and say state law did not envision a project of this scope.  The state hopes to fix or replace nearly 80 percent of its substandard bridges by the end of 2012.

Transportation officials are looking at changes in state law and other options.

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