Lawmakers OK $140 million for Mo. construction projects

Thursday, May 8, 2008 | 1:09 p.m. CDT; updated 7:10 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to $140 million of construction projects.

The capital improvements budget passed today includes more than $22 million for improvements at vocational technical schools in 11 communities. It also includes $10 million to continue work on a building used for heavy equipment courses at Linn State Technical College.

Other expenditures include:

• About $7 million divided among seven river ports along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

• $7 million for improvements to the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion, and $7 million for the state archives.

• $5 million for improvements on the railroad tracks used by Amtrak.

• $18 million for a new 52-bed facility at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center at St. Louis.

• $36 million for projects overseen by the state Department of Conservation.

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