The Transportation for America report calling Missouri bridges the seventh worst in nation is much ado about nothing, according to MoDOT engineers.
- Joe Scott
Friday, November 18, 2011
A recent study ranked Missouri seventh worst in the United States for the overall condition of its bridges. But there’s no need to hold your breath while crossing bridges in the St. Louis region or throughout the state, said Mark Croarkin, a bridge maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. “They included two categories in that list, bridges that are structurally deficient and bridges that are functionally obsolete,” Croarkin said. “There’s not necessarily any problems with bridges that are functionally obsolete.” Bridges by the numbers In the St. Louis region, 121 of the 180 bridges (see list in photo section) on the Transportation for America list were functionally obsolete, not structurally deficient. A list of …
The projects are among the $25 million set aside for parks capital improvements in St. Charles County through 2015.
- Joe Scott
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The St. Charles County Council-approved Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that sets the groundwork to spend up to $249.6 million on projects throughout the next five years. That includes nearly $25 million worth of parks capital projects through 2015, including rehabbing two historic 19th century cabins and possibly adding acreage to the county parks system. Funding for those projects comes from the Parks Use Tax, a dedicated fund that must be used for parks operation or improvements. The lion’s share of the CIP—$180 million—is to repair, maintain county roads and build new roads through 2015. CIP is a planning tool, not a budget. It provides a blueprint on capital projects throughout the next five years based on revenue projections. Finance …