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MoDOT's Director Details How Stimulus Dollars Are Spent

Missourians, like other Americans, have been scrutinizing their "piece of the economic stimulus pie." A large portion of the stimulus dollars coming to the Show-Me State will go toward roads, bridges and highways. KSMU's Jennifer Moore spoke with Pete Rahn, the director of Missouri's Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, on how the money will be spent.

Rahn said the economic stimulus bill itself had certain criteria that would have to be met in order to use the stimulus dollars. He said MoDot, with the Ozark Transportation Organization, chose projects for the Springfield area. The biggest criterion, he said,was that the projects had to have 50% of the money out the door within 120 days, and the remaining 50% out in one year. That meant if a project was not already being developed, it was unlikely to make the list.

Rahn said the largest local project to receive the federal money will be to increase Highway 65 to six lanes, from I-44 down to US-60. Currently, that stretch of highway is four lanes. That will be done in conjunction with improvements to the 65/60 Interchange, Rahn said.

Rahn was in southwest Missouri this week to meet with local transportation officials. He joined me by phone.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.