City, county disagree on how much county money should be spent in Jefferson City

After months of construction, the East McCarty Street project left extra room for trucks to pull out and a middle turn lane -- improvements that made the road safer for drivers -- plus new sidewalks for pedestrians.

After months of construction, the East McCarty Street project left extra room for trucks to pull out and a middle turn lane -- improvements that made the road safer for drivers -- plus new sidewalks for pedestrians. Photo by News Tribune.

In the past few years, Jefferson City and Cole County governments have combined forces and funds to complete major infrastructure projects throughout the area, but that willingness to share has not always existed.

Some Jefferson City taxpayers may often forget they also are Cole County taxpayers, and city officials say the progress that has been achieved still is not enough.

Jefferson City and Cole County have worked together on numerous infrastructure projects in the last few years, including the Missouri 179 interchange, work on East McCarty Street and the new Lafayette Street interchange slated to begin in 2014.

The city indicated last month that staff would be approaching the county about contributing an additional $1 million to two city infrastructure projects.

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