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Implementing the High Risk Rural Roads Program

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Appendix J: Public Interest Finding Request Example – Missouri

Missouri DOT

Letter to FHWA Missouri Division

Re: Public Interest Finding for High Risk Rural Roads Program



The High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) program will be administered by MoDOT to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Missouri's minor road system. The 136 routes identified as the HRRR System in Missouri have experienced 205 fatal and 1,033 disabling injury crashes from 2003 to 2005.

In order to stretch the small amount of HRRR funds, MoDOT is requesting a finding in the public interest to utilize a portion of these funds for the purchase of materials (rather than necessitating only contract work with the funds). If approved, MoDOT maintenance forces will use these materials to construct improvements on this portion of HRRR projects. The cost savings of utilizing MoDOT forces for a portion of this effort is significant, allowing us to more efficiently use the $2.6 million funding source to improve safety in Missouri. Specific projects utilizing this flexibility include shoulders (both aggregate and asphalt), rumble strips, and additional warning signs.

Note that some of these projects will be for purchase of materials only, while others will include contract work. Each of these projects will be discussed with FHWA before funds are obligated for expenditure (either as "materials only" or as a contract job).

It is important to note that some HRRR projects will go through the typical contract installation procedure and be placed on MoDOT's STIP.

Our request is for conceptual approval of materials purchases for a portion of HRRR projects. Approval of this request at your earliest convenience would be appreciated.

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