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Two infrastructure projects will be pursued by Jefferson City staff with leftover funds from general revenue that were dedicated to public works during the budget process.

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At the Public Works and Planning Committee meeting Thursday, city staff presented two infrastructure projects intended to be city priorities, which were endorsed by the committee.

During the budget process earlier this year, the City Council eliminated eight one-time infrastructure projects proposed by Mayor Eric Struemph, expressing concern that the projects had not gone through the normal committee process of being selected. At the end of the budget process, the council voted to allocate the leftover funds, $207,051, to infrastructure projects selected by the Public Works and Planning Committee, and approved by the full council.

City engineer Matt Morasch said the first project the city is looking at is the “problematic intersection” of Stadium Boulevard and Edgewood Drive. Morasch said project would add a right turn lane using city right-of-way and seek to optimize signal times, with help from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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