The Obama administration is giving $20 million in taxpayer money to the State of Missouri for improvements to I-70 that will “better connect” people in St. Louis with the parkland around the base of the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Sen. Claire McCaskill — a Democrat who faces a tough re-election battle in 2012 — made the announcement in St. Louis last week.
The $20-million federal grant is funded through the TIGER III program. (TIGER stands for “Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.”)
“Competitive federal grants bring federal assistance to Missouri in an honest and fiscally responsible manner,” McCaskill says on her Web site.