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Blunt Announces Nearly $13.5 Million Grant for East Locust Creek Reservoir Project

November 06, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Sullivan County, Mo., a nearly $13.5 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant for the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project. The funding will be used to relocate Highway N to below the dam and extend Highway VV to Knob Hill Road, and to make safety improvements to Highway 5. Blunt sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao earlier this year urging funding for the project.

“North Central Missouri’s water shortage is increasing costs and disrupting the lives of families, farmers, and business owners,” said Blunt. “This BUILD Grant will help expedite the completion of this critical infrastructure project, providing a much-needed, long-term solution for local communities. I appreciate the hard work the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission and local leaders have done to secure this investment, and I thank Secretary Chao for making this project a priority. I look forward to continuing our work to improve Missouri’s transportation infrastructure.”

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt has led efforts to secure resources for the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project. Blunt was in Milan in August for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service’s announcement that the project would receive an additional $5.6 million, which was included in the Blunt-backed FY2019 funding bill.

In August 2018, Blunt announced that the USDA invested $20 million in the project to prepare the dam’s site, access corridors, and other key infrastructure for the next phase of construction.

Blunt has successfully worked to include resources for the project in the FY2016FY2017, FY2018 and FY2019 government funding bills.

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