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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers approved a massive bridge repair project Wednesday that could serve as a national model following the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse.

The state plans to quadruple the pace of its bridge repairs by awarding a single 30-year contract to fix and maintain 802 of its worst bridges.

The sheer scope and duration of the project is so unusual that Missouri lawmakers met in a special session to waive conventional contractor requirements. The House passed the plan overwhelmingly last week, and the Senate sent it to the governor late Wednesday.

Missouri highway officials had outlined the bridge plan almost a year before the Aug. 1 collapse of a major Mississippi River highway bridge killed 13 people in Minnesota and raised nationwide concerns about aging infrastructure.

But Missouri lawmakers adjourned in May without passing a bill needed to allow the bidding process to move forward. Two weeks after the bridge collapse, Gov. Matt Blunt announced he was including the bridge repair legislation in a special session.

While many states stepped up their bridge inspections after the Minnesota tragedy, Missouri's plan would go further by actually speeding up improvements.

The plan would require the winning contractor to fix or replace all 802 bridges within five years — a task that otherwise would take two decades at Missouri's current pace.

The state would start paying the contractor only after all the repairs were completed, and the contractor would have to maintain the bridges in satisfactory condition for the next 25 years.

"I don't think anybody has done anything quite like this to date," said Dwight Munk, a project manager for San Antonio-based Zachry American Infrastructure, which is leading one of the two teams of bidders for Missouri's contract. "This is really an innovative program."

Munk said transportation officials from a half-dozen states are watching the Missouri plan as a potential model for their own massive projects.

"In the United states, it's very unique," said Mark Wandro, a former Iowa transportation director who is the project manager for the other team of bidders.

Missouri has more bridges in poor condition than all but three other states — Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Iowa. Of its 24,024 bridges, nearly 20 percent, or 4,595, are structurally deficient, according to a 2006 Federal Highway Administration report.

Almost all of the bridges included in Missouri's plan are in poor or serious condition, with cracks and deterioration putting them just a step away from closure.

On one bridge over Interstate 70 near Columbia, an Associated Press photographer observed plywood anchored underneath the deck, apparently to keep chunks of cracked concrete from falling onto motorists below.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's Internet site shows other bridges with gaping holes not far from their traffic lanes.

"As a state, we've allowed ourself to get in a terrible hole with our infrastructure," acknowledged the department's chief engineer, Kevin Keith.

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copy and paste from 2002? did your guru emai that to you from his virtual houseboat?

Destin FL
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Both share responsibilty in Missouri. But the funds once released can be spent at the states discreation.

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I dislike anyone who cant think for themselves...OH OH here comes another nursery rhyme...

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Stupid zingwith no hair, that was for SURFACE repairs, not structual...learn to at least read before you make a fool of yourself...AGAIN...lol

Bush did not approve because he said to use the 250 million the dem's had set aside in the budget for their pet projects and friends...use that first then see where we are. All states have the $ needed to fix any bridge already in hand.

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The money was there for the levees and the bridge but was never used for what it was intended. Bottom line. Tragedy follows and more to come. Notice the lack of attention by congress after the collapse, they went on vacation instead of investigating where the money went. All the committees were too bust persecuting the president.

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Katrina was due to the crooks in the levy commissions paying their friend NOT to do the work and maintain the levys...all lib dems I must add...lol

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This whole thing smacks of Katrina does it not? Had LA. spent federal money on the levees as directed the lose of life and property may not have been as bad. But blaming Bush is a convenient way to deflect this real source of incompetence.

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Can anyone find any state official fro Minnesota, republican or democrat who said that they did not have the funds to fix or rebuild that bridge? Everything that I have heard and read about this story pointed to poor inspecting rather than lack of funds. If they wanted to repair that bridge the money was there. Please find someone who can prove otherwise?

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Debjack, you are right on. If the $ the Fed's sends to the States was properly utilized, if the Senators would send the "pet pork projects $" to the states, if corruption was gone from the unions and local commissioners, there has always been enough $ to fix everything.

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