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MODOT Seeks Project Proposals for Cost Share Program

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Joplin, MO -

Joplin hopes to get a share of transportation dollars from  the Missouri Department of Transportation. MODOT is asking communities to submit requests for a new cost share program.

It's a way to get projects completed and save the city money.

MODOT officials said its one time money from the state legislature.

The Connecticut street bridge over interstate 44 is narrow and in poor condition. The city of Joplin plans to replace it and hopes MODOT will help by making it one of its cost share projects.

Assistant public works director Dan Salisbury said, "It’s part of a larger funded project through the 2014 Capitol Improvement sales tax and we would widen that bridge and make it a complete streets type project.  Cause we would have a shared use path on both sides.  To us that provides a vital link that connects the residences and businesses north of I44 with those to the south of I44."

Becky Baltz, MODOT’S Southwest District engineer said, "It’s costs sharing  so each community has to put up at least fifty percent  but their project will score better if they contribute up to seventy percent."

 The bridge is actually owned by MODOT which is seeking projects to help fund with twenty million dollars in general revenues from the legislature. Two thirds of the funds will go to roads and bridges. The other third to projects such as creating bike or pedestrian trails know as multimodal projects.

That’s what Joplin will submit as a request, widening St. Louis street from Broadway to Zora.

Salisbury explained, "The project plans are almost done. It would be under construction next spring and largely meet the schedule that MODOT has set out."

A previous cost sharing program with MODOT helped Joplin  fund improvements to the 32nd and Main street intersection.

And the I44 interchange at Prigmor that leads into the industrial park.

Salisbury added, "This could be good for the citizens of Joplin and it makes the funding in the capitol improvement sales tax go further."

The competition between communities could be stiff with each of the seven transportation districts in the state allotted a maximum of five million dollars for projects.

Baltz said, "We do have a minimum amount of two hundred  thousand dollars  on all types of projects except sidewalks. On sidewalks there's a minimum of one hundred thousand dollars per project.  So, we have some minimums. We know the maximum is five million so anything in between is fair game."

     The deadline for communities to submit project requests to MODOT is July 29th.

Communities interest in apply can use the website below or click here

http://www.modot.org/missourimoves/

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