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House committee considers bonding for bridge repairs

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With transportation funding remaining a critical need in Missouri, a House committee is exploring a proposal to use bonding as a way to speed up repairs to 250 bridges.

Gov. Mike Parson proposed the bonding idea during his State of the State address in January. It would provide $351 million to repair bridges across the state—a move that would free up funds to go toward other transportation projects.

The House Transportation Committee heard testimony on this proposal during a hearing on Feb. 21. Rep. Becky Ruth, a Republican from Festus, is sponsoring the idea in the House of Representatives.

During her testimony, Rep. Ruth stressed the importance of ensuring the state has sound bridges across its broad transportation network.

“We all have to drive to work. We have to get over those bridges to drive to our destinations,” said Rep. Ruth, who chairs the House Transportation Committee. “I don’t think there are very many roads where you don’t cross a single bridge.”

Ross Lien, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry director of legislative affairs, testified that there is broad support among the business community — and Missourians as a whole — for more transportation funding.

“Last year we found that 85 percent of Missourians agreed that there should be additional funding for infrastructure and transportation,” Lien said. “This is a statewide issue. This is something that we can all agree on. I think this is a great step in the right direction in addressing these issues.”

Rep. Ruth’s proposal, House Concurrent Resolution 26, now awaits a committee vote. A similar resolution in the Senate has been passed by a committee. That is Senate Concurrent Resolution 14, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, a Republican from Sullivan.

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