Highway 40 Reconstruction Named Nation's Best Transportation Project

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Highway 40: That's a winner!
Those of you inconvenienced for two years by the closure of Highway 40 (I-64) aren't going to happy with this news.

Yesterday the reconstruction of the St. Louis highway was named the nation's best transportation project by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In announcing the award, the agencies said of the project:
Anticipating public concern over the impending closing, the Missouri Department of Transportation began public outreach and ad campaigns with suggestions to help survive the closure. In December 2009, I-64 reopened to traffic nearly one month early and $11 million under budget. A survey taken at the end of the project found that 95 percent of the public was satisfied with how the project had been handled.
MoDOT will receive a $10,000 cash award to be used to support a charity or academic scholarship program of its choice.
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