MoDOT on Highway T: ‘several months away from a solution’

By Sara Seidel/Staff Writer

Estimates to repair the damage to Missouri Route T and the railway below have reached more than $1.5 million, a funding source for repairs has yet to be identified, and barriers blocking the damaged portion of the route will stay in place for the foreseeable future.

Professional engineer Chris Redline of the Missouri Department of Transportation said in a series of emails that MoDOT is designing a repair plan so that the department can move forward if funding is found.

“In the best case scenario, we are several months away from a solution,” he said.

Redline said that as of June 30, MoDOT had submitted statewide damage estimates to the State Emergency Management Agency. SEMA was compiling the estimates on county-by-county basis to submit to Gov. Jay Nixon for review. Nixon can make disaster declarations for individual counties.

“To keep in the running for disaster funding, Ray County needs to be identified as a disaster area by the Governor,” Redline said, adding that President Barak Obama must also sign off on the disaster declaration.

Further, because Route T is a federal aid route, the Federal Highway Administration must also weigh in. Its approach is uncertain because the damage occurred on MoDOT and BNSF Railway property, Redline said.

The complete story is in the Thursday, July 2, 2015 Richmond News.

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