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How much money is needed to fix KC’s infrastructure

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Before the election, Donald Trump touted a plan that would pump a trillion dollars over 10 years into the nation's infrastructure. Here's how it could be used in Kansas City.  (AP) Before the election, Donald Trump touted a plan that would pump a trillion dollars over 10 years into the nation's infrastructure. Here's how it could be used in Kansas City. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A trillion dollars is a lot of money. For places like Kansas City, getting a piece of it would help tremendously.

Before the election, Donald Trump touted a plan that would pump that trillion dollars over 10 years into the nation's infrastructure.

Right now, there's plenty on the city's infrastructure “needs” list, but not a lot of money to cover the work to be done. Trump's plan would theoretically provide money to cover construction repair projects like the one at Eastwood Trafficway and Blue Parkway, all the way down to traffic signals around town.  

Kansas City, Missouri Public Works says that to do all the work needed to bring the city's infrastructure up to a high standard would take money that just isn't available right now.

"To keep up with our street preservation needs, we estimate we'll need about $45 million dollars annually,” said Beth Breitenstein with KC Public Works. “For the 2016-2017 budget year, we have about $10.7 million towards that need. You know, so about a fourth of what we would really need in the city. Our preliminary pavement backlog is more than a billion dollars.”

The state would also see an infusion of cash, and they could use it. MODOT’s annual budget is around $200 million per year. However, they say major bridge projects could eat a lot of that because they cost $70 to $100 million, each.

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