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      Missouri road projects in jeopardy?

      MoDOT workers repairing highway / KHQA file photo

      UPDATED: March 23 at 5:38 p.m.

      Missouri road projects might get put on hold because of money problems.

      MoDOT District Engineer Paula Gough says the department has been approaching a cliff but has recently gone over.

      It hasn't been able to match federal funding.

      MoDOT has to pay one dollar for every four dollars that comes from the federal government.

      It has come up with a five year plan to be able to hold their own, but it won't fix the transportation money issue.

      MoDOT has done a lot of work over the last six years to get the bigger projects out of the way.

      "It's a lot of resurfacing, some bridge rehabilitation, bridge replacement, but work that's very focused on just taking care of what we have," said MoDOT District Engineer Paula Gough.

      Even with the those cuts, the department likely won't have enough money to match the federal dollars by fiscal year 2017.

      UPDATED: March 23 at 11:33 a.m.

      KHQA spoke with Paula Gough, with the Missouri Department of Transportation, about Missouri road projects.

      Usually Missouri receives approximately $1.2 billion in federal money for construction. Now that amount will be cut in half. MoDOT will only receive about $600 million.

      In the next five years, the following items may directly suffer:

      - Mowing- New signs and replacement of existing signs- The length of time it takes to replace signs may increase- The length of time it takes to stripe roadways may increase- Facilities may suffer with possible loss of locations and personnel

      KHQA's Lindsey Boetsch will bring you more details, so check this story later and watch KHQA's News at Five, KHQA's Evening News at 6 p.m. and KHQA's Late News at 10 p.m.

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      Original Story:

      Missouri road projects might get put on hold because of money problems.

      The Missouri Department of Transportation might have to turn away federal dollars if the agency can't come up with matching funds.

      MoDOT needs to make about 300 million dollars in cuts to free up enough state money to match federal highway dollars over the next five years.

      Even with the those cuts, the department likely won't have enough money to match the federal dollars by fiscal year 2017.

      Do you have concerns about a road in your area not getting needed attention? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below or on our Facebook page here.

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