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MoDot responds to bridge, road report

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

The Missouri Department of Transportation has responded to a report that the state's rural roads and bridges are some of the worst in the country.

A national transportation research group found that more than 500 people died on rural roads in the state last year.

That report also found, that, just under half of Missouri's rural bridges were either structurally deficient, or in poor condition.

A local MoDot engineer says the department isn't surprised by the results and would love to do more to fix roads, but the money isn't there.

"We do what we can, attack the worst of the worst," said MoDot Engineer Mark Shelton. "But that still leaves miles and miles that need safety improvements, need shoulders. And, we just don't have the dollars to do that."

The study did not specify which roads were the most problematic.

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