Governor Jay Nixon marked the signing of the economic stimulus package at the Osage River Bridge near Tuscumbia Tuesday.
The project is one of the first in Missouri that will benefit from federal dollars.
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PLUS: NIXON MAKES ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH QUICK HIT in Jake Tapper's lead piece on the stimulus Tuesday. "All across the state as projects like these and others jump up, people will start to work again," Nixon is quoted saying in shaky video captured by MoDOT and sent out on a feed.
Adding alternating passing lanes on Highway 60 from Republic to Monett is the first local Ozarks road project that will benefit. Journagan Construction received the $8.6 million dollar project. MoDot says the Highway 60 plan will create 200 jobs. A completion date is set for November 9, 2009.
The Governor said he will detail more plans in the coming days on how to use the economic stimulus money. The initial MoDOT projects are expected to create 14,000 news jobs in Missouri with a $2.4 billion dollar economic impact.
Nixon noted that the transportation package is a "relatively small portion" of the overall bill.
ABOVE: WATCH A CLIP OF NIXON REACTING TO A QUESTION ABOUT CRITICS WHO SAY THE BILL WON'T WORK.
Nixon will outline his plans for the stimulus dollars at a 3 p.m. news conference in the Governor's office Wednesday.
PLUS: A Jefferson City G.O.P source tells The Notebook House Republicans are already discussing using stimulus funds for a possible tax rebate, but that those talks are in the very early stages.