Senate panel backs Missouri railroad projects

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 7:31 a.m. CDT; updated 11:05 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 12, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A Senate committee working on Missouri's budget has signed off on 11 railroad projects funded with $37 million of federal stimulus money.

The decision by the Senate Appropriations Committee comes after some Republican senators had vowed to try to block stimulus spending on high-speed rail projects.

The projects included in the state budget already are under construction or in the preliminary engineering phase. They include several measures intended to speed up rail service on Union Pacific's cross-state tracks that also are used by Amtrak passenger trains.

The biggest project would install a second bridge over the Osage River just east of Jefferson City. The $28 million project is funded with $22.6 million of federal stimulus money and $5.6 million from Union Pacific.






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