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MODOT promises more minority work on Hwy. 40 rebuild

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By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis clergy are cheering the Missouri Department of Transportation's pledge to include more minorities on the Highway 40 improvement project.

Members of Metropolitan Congregations United joined MODOT officials to announce a $2.5 million investment to train and hire minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses.

In years past, minority firms have staged protests to gain more inclusion on public projects. Now, the Reverend James Morris says there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

"It is time for all citizens of Missouri to have equal opportunity, the right to feed their family and MODOT has given us some encouragement that together we can win this fight," Morris said.

Federal law requires a minimum goal of 14 percent minority workforce inclusion. Local leaders want to raise that to 30 percent for the Highway 40 project.

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