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Illinois lawmakers say they’re ready to move ahead with a major road construction program. It would mean tax and fee increases on gasoline, license plates and driver’s licenses.

Missouri S&T's Mark Bookout stands near one of the drones being tested to help inspect and repair bridges.
Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri University of Science and Technology could be part of the solution to the state’s bridge-maintenance problem.

The state is behind on its maintenance and is working with Missouri S&T on robots to make it easier to inspect and repair bridges.

Experts say billions in a multi-year plan won't go far enough to address infrastructure repairs and upkeep.

The 128-year-old Merchants Bridge is receiving a $172-million renovation. July 11, 2018.
Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio

Private railroad companies will rebuild a 128-year-old railroad bridge that spans the Mississippi River north of downtown St. Louis despite failing to secure federal funding that would help pay for the project.

Gov. Mike Parson poses with organizers of the Best in Midwest and Talent for Tomorrow Summit on June 27 2018, where infrastructure and workforce development were top of the agenda.
Melody Walker | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson outlined two priorities to drive the state’s economy during an appearance in St. Louis on Wednesday: workforce development and infrastructure.

The governor spoke at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center following an all-day summit convened to focus on the two issues. Parson urged the gathering of business and education officials from around the state to work together to prepare tomorrow’s workforce and to vote in November.

I-64 W traffic highway
Paul Sableman | Flickr

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2019 could bring big infrastructure changes to Missouri, but local engineering and commerce experts say it could be hard for the state to compete for federal dollars.

The budget promises to “generate $1 trillion in infrastructure investment” by dedicating $200 billion over 10 years to projects like improving roads, expanding internet access in rural areas, and developing creative approaches to transit, energy, water and building. Of that, $100 billion would be awarded as competitive grants to states and local governments who pursue projects “demonstrating innovative approaches” to infrastructure.

Commentary: Implications of a decaying infrastructure

Dec 23, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 23, 2011 - If your job is unrelated and your car axle avoids potholes, infrastructure is boring. Wall Street occupiers don't pontificate about sewer reconstruction. Tea party acolytes are agnostic regarding bridge safety regulations. Politicians somnambulate through "rebuild the infrastructure" rituals as they segue to sexier orations.

Commentary: Dead sharks on Labor Day

Sep 8, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 8, 2011 - Perhaps fittingly, the August jobs report was released on the Friday before Labor Day weekend. While those of us who are still employed prepared for a three-day respite from toil, we learned in round numbers how many jobs the U.S. economy added in the previous month. The figure cited was round indeed: zero.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 26, 2011 - No one knows better than Missourians about the importance of physical infrastructure to the economic health and well-being of a state. We are centrally located in nearly the exact middle of the country. The state is within 600 miles of over half the manufacturing plants in the United States. However, Missouri, just like the rest of the country, is suffering from years of infrastructure neglect and severe underinvestment.

Cheers, jeers mark stimulus plan's second birthday

Feb 17, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 17, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Did it save the nation from economic collapse, or did it run up a spending tab so big that it will take decades to pay the bill?

Two years after President Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus bill -- the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- into law, Republicans and Democrats viewed the $816 billion plan through completely different lenses.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 16, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Fearing that the budget-cutting wave in Congress might damage federal support for levee improvements, a bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers is urging the White House to include levees in the proposed infrastructure plans.

"Protecting our communities from floods is a bipartisan issue, and we are working together in Illinois to address the substantial levee repair and maintenance needs our state faces," the legislators wrote to President Barack Obama, a fellow Illinoisan.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 10, 2010 - Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Robin Carnahan is breaking with the White House on another issue, by opposing President Barack Obama's proposal to spend $50 billion on infrastructure projects.

She also launched Friday another negative ad against her Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who spent the day traveling around rural parts of the state with Missouri Farm Bureau President Charlie Kruse.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 24, 2008 - What do MetroLink, a child-care facility in Wellston and the Danforth Plant Science Center have in common?

They are all -- in some form or other -- on St. Louis County's "wish list" for President-elect Barack Obama's national economic recovery program.

This article first appeared in th St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 24, 2008 - Christmas might come early in 2009 -- or at least that's what local and state government officials are hoping, and planning, for.

Many of them have been busy putting together what St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls laughingly called a "Christmas wish list," a compilation of projects they hope they can get funded from the federal recovery program.