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Construction industry group, MoDOT sign best practices contract

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri has signed a best practices contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, the board that governs MoDOT.

The partnering charter inked yesterday is a commitment from the involved organizations to provide a safe, innovative and reliable transportation system in Missouri, according to a news release. It's an update to a similar 1992 agreement.

“The timing of this partnership agreement is significant,” said Leonard Toenjes, president of AGCMO, in the release. “Last year, the Missouri legislature passed landmark transportation funding, allocating $2.8 billion for I-70, $25 million for environmental studies on I-44 and U.S. 63, and $50 million to improve safety at railroad crossings. At the same time, MoDOT has demonstrated excellent stewardship of current resources through its five-year statewide transportation improvement plan and its ongoing refurbishment/replacement of Missouri bridges.

"It’s time to ensure we are enhancing communications, supporting innovation and utilizing industry best practices in all we do."

The agreement additionally commits to transparency, accountability and inclusivity in contracts and agreements, as well as engaging with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in the transportation design and construction industries.

AGCMO represents more than 525 building, highway, transportation and utility infrastructure contractors, according to the release.

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