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Lawmaker Calls for Special Session for Bridge Improvement Legislation

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Some Missouri lawmakers say the collapse of a major bridge in Minneapolis has added a sense of urgency to legislation that would clear the way for the state to improve 800 bridges. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The bill would change the requirements for bonding. That would let the state to move forward with a plan to allow a single contractor to repair 800 bridges and then maintain them for 25 years.

Republican Representative Neal St. Onge chairs the House Transportation Committee. He renewed his call today to have the legislation included in a possible special session in September.

St Onge says his bridge improvement proposal would use existing state transportation dollars.

Even so, St Onge says it's time for the state to think seriously about investing more money into improving infrastructure...especially in light of declining federal dollars.

St Onge says his bridge proposal had support during the regular legislative session but failed when the bills containing the measure got bogged down during the last week of session.