Senate Passes Bridge Improvement Plan

Senate Passes Bridge Improvement Plan
By: Christy Hendricks & Associated Press

Governor Matt Blunt praised the Senate Thursday for passing legislation that will repair or replace more than 800 Missouri bridges.
The legislation waives some of the conventional contractor requirements for a project that will award a single, 30-year contract to fix and maintain 802 bridges.
Transportation officials say the deal could serve as a roadmap for renovating the nation's aging infrastructure following the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse.
Missouri highway officials had outlined the plan almost a year before the Minnesota bridge collapse. But they had been unable to move forward in the bidding process until the bill passed.
The Senate approved it 32-0 shortly before midnight. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Blunt.