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Oregon County given federal money for damaged roads

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oregon County will get a share of more than $18 million provided to the state in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. to help pay for road damage caused by various disasters in early- and mid-2011.

On Feb. 6, Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Patrick Ledgerwood said the county will receive about $160,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds are basically a reimbursement for money spent repairing roads and bridges throughout the county last year, although some improvements at low-water crossings will also be made.

Ledgerwood and associate commissioners John Wrenfrow and Edward Casey spent weeks tallying up extra costs associated with storm damage -- everything from materials bought to equipment used and man hours expended.

Costs associated with road repairs after a disaster equates to money that isn't budgeted for, Ledgerwood said.

Statewide, the federal Department of Transportation funds will aid in repairing and rebuilding federal highways and roads on federal lands that suffered serious damage as a result of heavy flooding and tornados that struck the state last year.

Emergency Relief program funds are awarded to states affected by gubernatorial-declared emergencies.

The funds will allow permanent repairs to restore covered roadways to pre-disaster conditions, protect remaining facilities and provide emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic flow.

Approximately $3 million will be used to restore roads affected by tornados that hit Joplin, St. Louis County, Sedalia and Ellsinore, as well as flooding that occurred throughout southern and southeast Missouri.

The remaining $15 million will be used to make repairs to northwest Missouri roads impacted by heavy flooding last summer.

Ledgerwood said county crews have been able to maintain roads, so far, this year without ice or snow to contend with.

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